Video : Update : Tear gas and water cannons fired at IUSF protest march
Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse Kelaniya University students when they reached Colombo in a protest march this afternoon.
Despite the ruling issued today by the Mahara Magistrate, the march organized by the Inter University Students Federation marched from Kelaniya to Colombo this afternoon.
The march was organized in protest of slashing student welfare including hostel facilities by university administration.
Police protection was beefed up around the Kelaniya University since this morning due to the proposed student protest march.
Police took steps to check identity cards of students at the university entrance this morning, and students showed total objection.
However before the protest march began in Kelaniya this morning, police took steps to enlighten students regarding the Court ruling preventing the march today.
However, students commenced the protest march disregarding the orders.
The protest march which commenced from opposite the Kelaniya University passed Peliyagoda, Maradana Technical Junction and arrived at the Presidential Secretariat through Olcott Mawatha causing heavy traffic jams.
The students removed the Police barriers at Lotus Roundabout and marched forward.
In order to end the protest march, Police fired at them with water cannons and tear gas.
Update : Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 07:24 ------------------------------------ Police fire water canon and tear gas at undergrads' protest march
Police fired water canon and tear gas to disperse a group of students of the Inter University Student Federation when they were passing Lotus Roundabout and attempted to walk towards the Presidential Secretariat a while ago.
However the protesting students are sitting on the road and continuing their protest at this moment.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 04:23 -------------------------------------- Heavy traffic reported along the Kalaniya - Colombo lane of the Kandy road
Heavy traffic along the Kalaniya – Colombo lane of the Kandy road, due to a protest demonstration by Klaaniya university students .