06 August 2013
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of the UK has expressed “serious concern” about the violence committed by Sri Lankan security forces at a peaceful protest in Weliweriya.
Statement in full:
"I note with serious concern emerging reports of the violent disruption of peaceful protests by the Sri Lankan security forces in Weliweriya on 1 August, in which at least 3 people died,
"My thoughts are with the families of those who were killed or injured,
"I urge the authorities to ensure the right to peaceful protest is protected and to ensure a swift and transparent investigation."
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