The public was severely inconvenienced this evening as the ruling United National Party (UNP) took to the streets in Colombo protesting against the opposition and their alleged conspiracies. In another protest also this evening, in Fort, a student protest led by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) protest was tear gassed.
The UNP protest which was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Lipton Circus was against ‘vicious forces’ trying to defeat the people’s mandate, while the IUSF demanded authorities to abolish the degree granting status of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in Malabe.
Police said that they were compelled to tear gas the IUSF protestors as they attempted to break down security barricades and march ahead. The police used tear gas and water cannons on the students.