Sri Lanka: police uses water cannons and tear gas against protestersEvent
- Sri Lanka
- Initial Date
- Jul 29, 2019
- Event Description
Sri Lanka Police were compelled to use water cannons and tear gas to disperse a protest in Colombo staged by a group of unemployed graduates.
The unemployed graduates marched from the Fort railway station in Colombo to the Presidential Secretariat citing injustice was caused when graduates were recruited to the government sector.
Ven. Thenne Gnananada Thero requested the police to meet the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding their demands.
However, police denied their request citing the emergency state prevailing in the country.
Several students were emotional following the discharge of water cannons and tear gas stating that all they demand is employment as they underwent numerous hardships to graduate.
Ven. Thenne Gnananada Thero, Convener of Joint Unemployed Graduates Association explained that the government had voluntarily removed the names of the individuals who suffer from visually and auditory impaired from the recruitment lists along with graduates who are over 35 years of age.
The protestors attempted to commence a fast this evening opposite the Fort Railway Station, however, the attempt was foiled.
Meanwhile, during a media briefing held at the Temple Trees today, UNP MP Chandima Gamage expressed that a program to provide employment to graduates is already in effect.
MP Chandima Gamage noted that despite criticism claiming that it is a political agenda, the prime minister has already decided to appoint 20,000 graduates as Development Officers.
He confidently stated that none of the job opportunities provided by the Yahapalanaya government are political ploys and the government has already decided to recruit a total of 16,800 graduates to the program.
He finally added that these Development Officers will be promoted to the Project Officers following their training program.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- Use of Excessive Force
- Violence (physical)
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Right to Protest
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 29 July 2019, a group of unemployed graduates was attacked by the police with water cannons and tear gas while staging protest and asking to meet the Prime Minister in Colombo, Sri Lanka.