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International outrage as violence erupts in Colombo

Responding to mob violence against peaceful demonstrators in Colombo, western diplomats have issued stern condemnations and stressed the need to “hold the perpetrators of violence to account”.

The statement comes as military troops have taken to the streets and have used tear gas and water cannons.

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung tweeted:

The US State Department's account for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs stated:


Rita French, British Ambassador for Human Rights & Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN tweeted:



Britain’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Sarah Hulton stated:

Britain's Minister for South Asia, North Africa, the United Nations and the Commonwealth at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Lord Tariq Ahmad tweeted:


Germany’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives commented:


David Holly, Australia's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives encouraged "restraint and calm" amidst the violence boiling across the capital. 



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