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Police fire tear gas at protesters

2014 Mar 18

The police used tear gas to disperse villagers from Hanwella who were protesting along the High Level Road this morning, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.

The protest had been launched against a factory in the area with the mob raising fears of an environmental crisis evolving in the area similar to that seen in Rathpaswella.

A tense situation resulted after the protesters blocked traffic along the road and the police eventually used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Over 20 people were arrested in the incident, the police said.

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