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Security stepped up at major Sri Lankan press house as UNP supporters gather outside

Security had to be ramped up outside Sri Lanka’s oldest major press house on Thursday, after United National Party (UNP) supporters began demonstrating outside the building.

Daily Mirror and Colombo Gazette report that the UNP supporters had demanded that posters of Mahinda Rajapaksa be removed from the walls of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon also known as Lake House.

Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force and riot police reportedly had to be deployed in order to quell the crowd.

Following the unexpected swearing in of Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister in October, several media institutions, including Lake House, reportedly came under the control of Rajapaksa supporters.