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Saturday, 07 January 2017 - 18:27
23 injured following the tense situation at Mirijjawila 11 policemen among the injured
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Hambantota - Southern Development Project was launched this morning under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.

A tense situation erupted in the vicinity of the premises when a group of MPs from the Joint Opposition along with several residents from the area engaged in a protest.

However, MPs from the Join Opposition along with residents and monks launched a protest march from Prabodhaa-raama Temple in Ambalantota.  

Although tight security measures were taken along all the access roads leading to the premises where the ceremony is held, the protestors reached the premises through alternate by-roads.

The protestors arrived close to the premises despite security measures taken by security units.  

With the tense situation further intensifying, Police had fired tear gas and water cannon at the protestors.

IGP Pujith Jayasundara too arrived at the scene.

23 persons including 11 Police Officers were injured during the clash and they are receiving treatment at the Hambantota hospital.

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