UK expresses serious concern on Weliveriya incident

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of Britain Alistair Burt express serious concern on the violent disruption of the protest in Weliweriya.

In a statement posted on the government website, Burt urged the Lankan government to ensure a swift and transparent investigation into the incident.

Following is the full statement.

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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