A black flag protest was staged in Weliweriya, Gampaha over the contamination of drinking water as a result of chemicals released from a factory.
Shops in the area were closed while a monk who protested and called for the factory to be removed, resumed the protest today after suspending it earlier.
The chief incumbent of the Galoluwa Buddhist Temple, the venerable Theripaha Siridhamma Thero had launched a fast unto death on Monday after talks held with the authorities to resolve the issue had failed.
The drinking water in the area is believed to have been contaminated from chemical waste released from a gloves factory in the area.
The venerable Siridhamma Thero said that the residents in the area are demanding that the factory be shut down and safe drinking water assured to them.
Talks were held on Monday between government officials, the monk and public representatives in order to resolve the issue.
However the venerable Siridhamma Thero said that the talks had failed and so he had decided to launch a protest.
He suspended the protest later but resumed it today. (Colombo Gazette)