JVP not shaken by atttack

Feb 23 (InfoLanka) While vowing to continue its protests against the government and it's so-called peace process, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna said that they were not at all surprised regarding Thursday's incident, when police attacked their supporters.

The JVP politburo in a statement issued yesterday said: " the protest rally against the one year celebrations of the so-called cease-fire agreement, which took place on Thursday from Peliyagoda, with a massive crowd of nearly 80,000 was a very peaceful demonstration, even as it approached Kollupitiya."

"However despite disturbances by police the procession was able to continue towards Temple Trees. At James Peiris Mawatha, police fired tear gas and tried to stop the demonstrators with barb wires. However as the demonstrators did not give in, the police then fired a chemical based water at the demonstrators," the politburo alleged.

They said many demonstrators were injured in the attack. "The photographer of the Divaina newspaper, who was also victimised by this attack, was hospitalised. His digital camera worth Rs. 5 lakhs was also damaged," the JVP alleged.

While thanking all those who participated at Thursday's demonstration, the JVP added that all patriotic Lankan together with them would topple the UNF government very soon. "The days are numbered for this traitorous government."