Teargas fired outside Sri Lanka parliament
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