Politicians forcibly entering state media institutions

01:01 Oct 26 2018 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo, Colombo District, Western Province, 00700, Sri Lanka

Politicians from both major political parties tried to enter the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) few hours after the President had appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksha as the Prime Minister on the night of 26th October. Media reported that Mangala Samaraweera, Ranjith Maddumabandara who were ministers of dissolved cabinet, had claimed they came to the premises with Chathura Senarathne MP of United National Front (UNF), when they ran into supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksha including some parliamentarians such as Keheliya Rabukwella, Sanath Nishantha, Indika Anurudha and Prasanna Ranaweera who had also entered to the premises. In this situation, Special Task Force (STF) of the Police was called to control the tense situation and the premier state TV station was out of control from the chairperson and other officials. The ministers of the dissolved cabinet were not allowed to do a statement and Rupahavahini was taken control by pro Rajapaksha supporters.
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