Police Officers Deploy Tear Gas

Apr 20, 2022

At approximately 1730 local time (1200 UTC) on 19 April 2022, police officers deployed tear gas and fired live ammunition during clashes with protesters in the central town of Rambukkana — located approximately 70 km (45 mi) northeast of Colombo — amid anti-government demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Protesters were reportedly blocking a rail crossing and attempting to set fire to a vehicle when the clashes with police officers occurred. According to local reports, at least one person was killed and approximately 24 others were injured — including eight police officers

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