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Batticaloa residents condemn PTA and CTA

Locals in Batticaloa yesterday held a demonstration condemning Sri Lanka's current anti-terror legislation, the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the proposed Counter Terrorism Act (CTA). 

Protesters condemned both Acts as the 'death of democratic dissent' and accused the state of using such laws to crackdown on legitimate opposition. 

"CTA and PTA legalises state terrors" and "CTA creates a permanent state of emergency" read banners.