Thursday, February 11, 2010


At least two journalists were arrested and several others were brutally assaulted by the police in two separate incidents while covering anti-government demonstrations on Thursday (11) afternoon. The demonstrations were called by the opposition parties to protest against the arrest of former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka.

In Maharagama, several journalists came under attack when the police baton charged demonstrators and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd who were shouting anti government slogans.

In a similar incident in Dehiattakandiya, two television journalists attached to "Sirasa TV" and "Swarnavahini" were arrested and their camera equipments were taken into custody, when they tried to film the police violence unleashed on protesters.
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