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JVP Threatens To Continue Protests Until Members Are Released

Aug 15, 2010 5:40:58 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The JVP today (15) threatened to continue with protests and demonstrations against the government if its party members arrested following a protest in Galle on Thursday (12) are released.

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva addressing a media briefing today said that steps have already been taken to inform international human rights groups regarding the recent attacks.

The party is to also file legal action against the Galle Police for arresting members who engaged in a peaceful protest.

The Galle Police on Thursday arrested JVP Propaganda Secretary and DNA parliamentarian Vijitha Herath, DNA parliamentarian Ajith Kumara, Provincial Councilor Nalin Hewage and 10 other party activists.

Silva charged that the tear gas attack on the JVP led DNA protest in Galle for the release of Sarath Fonseka was a well planned attack by the government.

“It was an attack on a peaceful demonstration and it was unwarranted. Anybody has the right to demonstrate. Even government members protested in front of the United Nations office in Colombo,” he said.

Silva charged that the Galle Police acted with the backing of the government to carry out such an attack on a peaceful protest and arrest MPs.

“There are two methods followed by the government to silence the opposition. One is to give them perks and positions to silence them. The other was to directly attack the opposition, like what they did to us,” Silva said.