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FR petition filed in opposition to Galle military action

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The removal of anti-government protestors’ posters in Galle by Army soldiers has been challenged in court via a petition for fundamental rights (FR).

The Army Commander, the Commanding Officer – Galle, and the Defence Secretary are named as respondents in the petition that was submitted today by two attorneys.

According to reports, military personnel removed and seized demonstrators’ “Gota Go Home” and anti-government signs from the Galle Fort.

From the fort that overlooks the Galle Cricket Stadium, where Sri Lanka and Australia are playing a cricket Test series, the protesters were heard yelling anti-government chants.

David McKinnon, the Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, has also questioned whether using the military, for this reason, was essential.

“Look, I understand that cricket is immensely popular in Sri Lanka, but does it pose a threat to national security that justifies the use of military force? And what law are these ostensibly nonviolent protestors breaking?,” he tweeted.

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