Prisoners on death row stage protest

welikadaA group of prisoners on death row staged a protest on top of the Welikada prison today.

At least 6 prisoners had staged the protest on the roof demanding that they be released

Efforts were underway this evening to bring the prisoners back down.

The protest follows a fast launched recently by Tamil political prisoners who had demanded their release.

The Government had given an assurance to release a few of the Tamil political prisoners over the next few days. (Colombo Gazette)