US concerned over Jaffna incident

The United States Embassy in Colombo said it is greatly concerned about reports of attacks on students in Jaffna.  “We call upon authorities to exercise restraint and respect peaceful demonstrations,” the Embassy said.

An Embassy statement said it was also concerned about the recent threats to freedom of expression in Sri Lanka.

The November 28 beating of a reporter in Jaffna, harassment by Government of Sri Lanka officials of independent media outlets, and searches without warrants of journalists all serve to stifle media freedom, the Embassy said.