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FCO Minister urges protection of right to peaceful protest in Sri Lanka

Alistair Burt: I urge authorities to ensure the right to peaceful protest is protected and to ensure a swift and transparent investigation.

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Speaking today, Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt said:

I note with serious concern emerging reports of the violent disruption of peaceful protests by the Sri Lankan security forces in Weliweriya on 1 August, in which at least 3 people died.

My thoughts are with the families of those who were killed or injured.

I urge the authorities to ensure the right to peaceful protest is protected and to ensure a swift and transparent investigation.

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Published 6 August 2013