Military deployed to disperse the protest were seen carrying wooden clubs with iron rings

14:00 Mar 10 2023 Thunmulla Junction

On 10th of March, Army Spokesperson Brigadier Ravi Herath speaking to media said that an
investigation has been launched to see whether the soldiers deployed to disperse the Inter
University Students’ Federation (IUSF) protest carried iron rods and clubs. He denied the
involvement of the Sri Lankan Army to control the protest. He further said that they have
doubts whether the photos published in social media are authentic, and the investigation would take many days to conclude. No outcome of the investigation was published after that. The
claim that the photos being manipulated does not seem as a valid argument as photos from a
number of different sources were published in social media. When a journalist questioned
whether any other group wearing army uniforms had been deployed to control the protests,
the military spokesperson refused any knowledge of such a group.
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