Tear­gas fired out­side Sri Lanka par­lia­ment

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Po­lice fired tear­gas and wa­ter can­non to dis­perse thou­sands of op­po­si­tion­backed pro­tes­tors out­side par­lia­ment yes­ter­day as law mak­ers de­bated the an­nual bud­get. De­mon­stra­tors led by loy­al­ists of for­mer pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japakse held up traf­fic and blocked the main ac­cess to the par­lia­ment com­plex for sev­eral hours in the cap­i­tal.

Op­po­si­tion law­maker Ran­jith Soysa said pro­test­ers were de­mand­ing lo­cal elec­tions which were due last year, but post­poned to de­vise a new elec­toral sys­tem. “Po­lice un­leashed a vi­cious tear­gas at­tack and 10 op­po­si­tion MPs, in­clud­ing my­self, were hit,” Soysa said in par­lia­ment while point­ing to his drenched cloth­ing. — AFP

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