Jun 10, 2020

Arrested FSP members bailed

The group of Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) members who were arrested yesterday (09) for holding a protest demonstration in front of the US embassy in Colpetty have been released on bail.

The Fort Magistrate Court had ordered to release the group later in the evening.

Chief secretary of the FSP - Kumar Gunaratnam as well as the party Propaganda Secretary - Duminda Nagamuwa were among the arrested individuals.

The FSP had organized the protest against the killing of American National George Floyd.

Didn't request to block protest - US embassy

Meanwhile, in a statement, the US embassy in Colombo has said that they did not request to block the demonstration.

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In a separate Tweet, US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz has said, “Rights to peaceful assembly and free speech are cornerstones of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - rights the US supports even when difficult for us. Today’s proposed demonstration in front of our Embassy was denied by Sri Lankan Police due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings.

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