Sri Lanka Authorities Conduct Violent Raid Against Protester Camps

Sri Lankan authorities raided protesters’ camps on Friday, arresting nine people.

Local media reported that several people were injured during the Armed Forces and Police Special Task Force’s joint operation to remove protesters from the entrance of the president’s office.

The protesters claimed that the military “brutally assaulted the peaceful protesters,” destroying the tents near the GotaGoGama protest site.

Saliya Pieris, President’s Counsel and the president of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), said that at least two Attorneys-at-Law who sought to intervene were assaulted during the raid. Pieris noted that the armed forces also arrested at least one lawyer and several journalists.

“The BASL demands for an immediate halt to the unjustified and disproportionate actions of the Armed Forces targeting civilians,” Pieris said.

The United States ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung, described the violent operation as “unnecessary and deeply troubling.” Chung said she had raised concerns about the raid with the new Sri Lankan President, Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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