The building had been converted by protesters into a community library.
Protesters had promised to vacate the building peacefully on Saturday. But hundreds of military and police descended on the site in the early hours of Friday morning, taking it back by force.
At least 50 protesters were injured during the latest crackdown in Sri Lanka. Source: SBS News / Aaron Fernandes
The raid came just hours after six-time prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as president.
Shasika says he was chased by more than a dozen soldiers, who beat him to the ground.
“After five hours, they opened the gate to allow people to go to hospital. Even if we died here, they wouldn’t have bothered. They were trying to bring total military control here”.
Shasika Madushan (centre) says he was chased by more than a dozen soldiers, who beat him to the ground. Source: SBS News / Aaron Fernandes
He was among at least 50 injured during the crackdown, which removed half of the protest site known as Gota Go Village.
A tense atmosphere hung over the area Friday afternoon, with police and military outnumbering the remaining protesters, but the mood calmed when protesters turned shouting into a silent protest.
Sri Lanka’s joint opposition parties condemned the use of force against protesters. Source: SBS News / Aaron Fernandes
Sri Lanka’s joint opposition parties condemned the use of force against protesters, criticising the use of state of emergency powers to arrest demonstrators.
The United Nations also denounced the violence.
The Australian government is yet to make any public comments about the crackdown on protesters.
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