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Sri Lanka court orders halt to student demonstration
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10:13, December 01, 2007

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The Colombo Magistrate's Court Friday ordered the police to halt a demonstration by a group of university students in view of serious security situation in the capital Colombo, court officials said.

For the last 17 days, student activists of the Sabaragamuva University have been staging a protest demonstration opposite the Ministry of Higher Education in downtown Colombo.

The court ordered the police to compel the students to give up protest action in view of the threatening security situation in the capital in the aftermath of two bomb attacks blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels.

At least 21 people died in the blasts, mostly civilians. Additional policemen have been deployed in the city to beef up the security.

The student demonstration was to highlight administrative flaws in the Sabaragamuva University, about 100 km east of Colombo.

The court told the police if the students resist calls to end the demonstration, the matter needs to be reported to the court for further appropriate action.

Source: Xinhua

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