Colombo Telegraph

Bloody Footprints On Sri Lanka, The Island Of Shame

By Nicola Smith

Nicola Smith

Ravishan should have been preparing to enter university. Instead, on the day he was to sit his entrance exam, the 19-year-old was buried in his school uniform.

He was shot in the head on August 1 as Sri Lankan forces opened fire on a peaceful environmental protest in Weliweriya, a small town close to the capital, Colombo. The town, which donated blood to the army during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, is in shock.

The bloody episode is cited as the latest example of violent repression that threatens to overshadow the Commonwealth leaders’ summit in Colombo in November.

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