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Joint Opposition MP’s Led by Johnston Fernando Throw Chillie Powdered Water,Chairs and Books at Police Cordon Protecting Mace and Speaker who Conducted Proceedings Seated on a Makeshift Bench in the Aisle.

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Dharisha Bastians

At 2.20PM when the side doors to the Chamber opened, about 30 police officials entered in a human chain, forming a barricade around the Sergeant at Arms who held tight to the Mace, the symbol of an official session of Parliament.

The Speaker walked in behind the Mace.

JO MPs pelted the police officers with chairs, thick bound books and threw water mixed with chillie powder at the wall of police officers who were unmoved and never retaliated.

Johnston Fernando led the charge.

Amidst the chaos,with parliament security holding cushions over his head to prevent attacks from projectiles, Speaker conducted a sitting from a makeshift bench on the aisle of the chamber. His mic worked and the Hansard recorded all of it.

Standing orders were suspended by majority vote. The no confidence motion against PresRajapaksa passed on Wednesday tabled again with first clause deleted.

The Speaker called for order so he could take a vote by name. Since JO MPs did not heed him, he took a voice vote.

“The Ayes have it” the motion was carried, Speaker declared shortly before he adjourned the session till the 19th of November.

Through all this the JO continued to hurl things at MPs, the police and the Speaker.

Realising he had been defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa turned and walked out of the chamber as the packed gallery hooted at him. His MPs continued to roar with protest but the UNF/TNA/JVP had declared victory.

These were some incredible scenes.

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