Students from Universities island wide, led by Student Unions and Student Organizers, vowed yesterday to continue its protest against the Police brutality and harassment, following the arrest of 2 students from the Keleniya University that took place in the early hours of last morning. (27th)
At a hastily called press conference in Colombo, Dayan Weerakody from the Media Unit of the Kaleniya University told reporters that two groups of six students that had been pasting posters on street walls in the early hours of that morning had been followed by a number of policemen who had subsequently set the area residents on them, by saying they were thieves.
Weerakody said that the students had been forced to disperse and run in to neighboring paddy fields in order to escape from the police but in spite of this, two of the students had been arrested for ‘poster pasting’, while six others had been assaulted by the group of policemen.
Questioning the rationale behind the arrests Weerakkody said that poster pasting had never been a crime and was something that the students of varied universities in Sri Lanka engaged in normally, and asked why the police were attempting to intimidate the students if they had nothing to hide and were not guilty or wrong doing.
Students island wide have been engaged in protests against police brutality that led to the death of Ruhuna University student Susantha Bandara of the 23rd of June.