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UK concerned over Weliweriya

2013 Aug 07

Britain has expressed concerns over the incidents which took place in Weliweriya last week.

UK Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt said he noted with “serious concern” emerging reports of the violent disruption of peaceful protests by the Sri Lankan security forces in Weliweriya, in which at least 3 people died.

“My thoughts are with the families of those who were killed or injured,” he said.

Burt urged the authorities to ensure the right to peaceful protest is protected and to ensure a swift and transparent investigation, the British Foreign Office said.

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo had also last week expressed concerns over the incident.

The Embassy called on the Government of Sri Lanka to respect the rights of people to protest peacefully, and urged restraint from all sides. (Colombo Gazette)

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