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Colombo BLM protestors violated health guidelines – Police

The Black Lives Matter protest in Sri Lanka organised by a political party had violated the court order given to prevent mass gatherings due to health concerns, Police said.

On Monday (8) when the police had received information of a protest planned to be carried out on Tuesday (9) in front of the US Embassy, they had obtained a court order from the Colombo Fort Magistrate Court to prevent the protest from taking place.

Director of legal Division of Police SSP Ruwan Gunasekara yesterday (10) at a press briefing, “At a time when the country is facing a pandemic, competent authority Health Services Director had issued health instructions against such public gathering which would result in the spread of the Covid-19 virus”.

He added Director General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said that permission cannot be given to carry out such protest due to the health reasons and maintaining of health guidelines.

“The 53 protestors were produced in court on 10 counts of violating the law, and later released on bail and are further being investigated".

Meanwhile, Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne stated that, in connection with election rallies, guidelines have been issued by the Director-General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe which are available on the Health Ministry website.

“All election rallies should be in compliance with these health guidelines”.

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