JVP launches diplomatic offensive against Govt.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will seek meetings with heads of western diplomatic missions to brief them on “the breakdown in the law and order situation” in Sri Lanka, its leader said yesterday.
Somawansa Amerasinghe told the Sunday Times the move followed the alleged assault of two JVP MPs and a Provincial Councillor by the Galle Police.

Gampaha District parliamentarian Vijitha Herath, Galle District parliamentarian Ajith Kumara and Southern Provincial Council member Nalin Hewage were beaten by policemen when they went to the police station to make a complaint, Mr. Amerasinghe charge.

However, Police denied the charge and claimed that at least seven policemen were injured when they were attacked. The alleged incident happened during a JVP-backed demonstration demanding the release of Sarath Fonseka.

“The police attack shows that there is no more room for peaceful demonstrations and MPs are being deprived of their privileges,” Mr. Amerasinghe said. He said his party members were also talking informally with other opposition parties, including the UNP, to have a common approach to this matter.

UNP leader Ranil Wickremsinghe, told the Sunday Times that his party was in favour of a common stance on matters affecting the country, the public and the MPs. “We have been talking informally about this matter in the parliament lobby,” he said.

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