Police fire tear gas at protesting unemployed graduates
February 16, 2016 02:11 pm
Riot police used tear gas to disperse a demonstration by the unemployed graduates’ associations near Lotus Road in Colombo, a short while ago.
The protest march, demanding that the government fill the vacancies in the public sector with unemployed graduates, commenced from the Technical College Junction and they were scheduled to handover a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Combined Union of Unemployed Graduates charges that the government has failed to fulfill its promise of providing jobs to unemployed graduates.
Meanwhile it has been reported that two journalists who were covering the protest were wounded and hospitalised as a result of the tear gas attack.