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.