(LeN, 2007 Oct 05 6.20 PM) Police attacked the Yovun Diriya job prospective graduates with tear gas, water jets and baton charges today. The graduates were sitting in the Colombo Fort Telecom roundabout since yesterday protesting peacefully.
The Chairman of the Graduates Collective Prasad Bandara Herath said to ‘LeN’ that 20 protesters were hospitalized and around 20 more have been taken into police custody.
The male, female and bhikku protesters as well as the commuters, pedestrians and the shop dwellers were put in severe inconvenience by the police assault.
Herath said that the graduates were assaulted within 24 hours they asked for an appointment with the President to discuss their woes, not granting appointments to 2088 graduates who were trained under Yovun Diriya training. He warned that the graduates would resort to a fast unto death if a discussion would not be given within the next few days.
A police spokesman said to ‘LeN’ that the protesters disturbed the public who were traveling to work and a court order was taken based on their complaints to disperse them. The order was read to them and minimum power was used to dissolve the group since they insisted they needed a discussion with the President.