Police and joint opposition clash during Hambantota protest

The Police and joint opposition members clashed during a protest in Hambantota today.

The protest was staged near the Indian Consulate in Hambantota.

The Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters.

The Police said that three policemen were injured during the clash.

The Police also said that 26 people were arrested following the incident.

A restraining order had earlier  been issued against joint opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa from holding a protest in the Hambantota area today.

The protest was staged against the agreement reached between the Government with two foreign companies to operate the Hambantota port and airport.

Rajapaksa and the joint opposition have raised objections to the agreements saying it results in the selling of Government assets to a foreign country.

The Hambantota port is to be operated by a Chinese company while the Mattala Airport will be operated by an Indian company. (Colombo Gazette)

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