Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the right to peacefully protest will not be ‘hindered’ following an outcry over the first shooting to death of a protestor by police.
“Sri Lankan citizens’ right to peacefully protest won’t be hindered,” he said in a twitter.com message.
” I urge all citizens to refrain from violence as they protest.”
He said police would carry out an “impartial & transparent inquiry” in to the shooting which also led to about dozen people being hospitalized.
The government came under fire in parliament from opposition and independent members over fatal shooting.
Ex-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the person was a party member.
There have been mass protest calling on President Rajapaksa. The fatal shooting came during a protest over fuel shortages and a price hike in Rambukkana in central Sri Lanka.