Police use tear gas and water cannons on anti-SAITM protest

The Police used tear gas and water cannons on a protest by university students staged in Colombo today against the SAITM institute in Malabe.

The protesters were prevented from moving forward at the Colpetty junction by riot squads who fired tear gas and water cannons.

Despite the tear gas and water cannons being used on the students the students kept returning to the Colpetty junction and the protest continued till late into the evening.

The Inter University Students’ Federation said that they will continue to protest till free education is secured in Sri Lanka.

The protest led to roads in the area being closed and the public being greatly inconvenienced.

Several people working in the area were unable to go home after work as the roads were closed as a result of the protest. (Colombo Gazette)

Pictures by Lalith Perera