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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 - 19:36
Interuniversity protest bombarded by tear gas and water cannons



The Inter University Student’s Federation organised a protest before the Colombo Fort Railway Station today forcing the government to solve the

Federations grievances.

The protest which was observed for several hours subsequently proceeded down Olcott Mawatha where police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the crowd.

The protesters who were dispersed subsequently regrouped before the Fort railway station and occupied the premises for several hours.

Convenor of the Inter University Students Federation Sanjeewa Bandara expressed the following views to the media at the location.

Meanwhile a special discussion was held between Federation of University Teachers Association & the National Trade Union Centre.

During the meeting which was convened in Colombo Chairman of the NTUC

k.d. Lal Kantha had pledged his full support to sustain the trade union stance of the FUTA which was launched based on 6 demands.

Speaking at the occasion Chairman of the FUTA Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri stated that his association had decided to pursue joint trade union action

to obtain their demands.

Meanwhile charges being levelled against the government concerning the recent year 5 scholarship examination continue to loom.

Chief Secretary of the Lanka Teacher Services Union Mahinda Jayasinghe made the following observations concerning several errors which had been present in today' s Drama & Performing Arts examination paper.

In a letter addressed to the Commissioner General of Examinations the Lanka Teacher Services Union had mentioned 10 locations where the content of grade 5 scholarship examinations had been pre-discussed including Anuradhapura Wahalkada D-2 College.

8 schools in total had been mentioned in the letter addressed to the Commissioner General of Examinations.

Hence the LTSU had urged the Commissioner General of Examinations to reschedule the year 5 scholarship examination.

However when inquired by our news team Principal of the Anuradhapura Wahalkada D-2 College vehemently dismissed the allegations raised by the LTSU, adding that no question papers had been pre-disclosed.

Chief Secretary of the LTSU Mahinda Jayasinghe meanwhile when inquired by our news team stated that the Union was in possession of credible information

concerning an alleged disclosure of question papers which is said to have transpired at the Anuradhapura Wahalkada D-2 College.

In related developments students & teachers organised a protest at the Anuradhapura town today urging authorities to investigate allegations concerning the supposed pre-disclosure of the recent year 5 scholarship examination papers.

According to our correspondent members of the "we are citizens" organisation had also marked their presence during today's protest.

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