Siritunga Jayasuriya, secretary of the United Socialist Party (CWI Sri Lanka) and some associates in the ’United People’s Movement’ escaped with their lives when over 300 armed thugs, led by a deputy minister, raided the place where a public rally was due to be held 9 January in Colombo.

Hundreds of journalists and media workers from five Sri Lankan media organisations staged a joint protest at Colombo Fort railway station last Tuesday, 23 January, against the threats and intimidation against journalists and their frequent abduction, arrest and murder.

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