July 06, Kurunegala: Three persons were injured today when a protest organized by Sri Lanka’s Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) affiliated teacher trade union in the North Western city of Kurunegala was attacked by a group.
The Ceylon Teacher Services Union (CTSU) organized the protest opposite the North Western Province office of the Education Department Cooperative Society (EDCS) against the government takeover of the EDCS administration.
Head of the CTSU Mahinda Jayasinghe told ColomboPage that the attack had been carried out by government thugs and that three teachers who had participated in the protest had been injured in the attack.
He said that the attackers, a group of about 50 persons, had arrived in a car bearing number KP2929 and a bus bearing number GY 0835.
He alleged that a private secretary to Minister Johnston Fernando has organized the attackers.
The CTSU has won the EDCS administration in an election held in 2008. The government has however forcibly taken over the administration of the EDCS by appointing an interim committee, according to Jayasinghe.
Jayasinghe said that the CTSU would continue with its protest campaign that will be held at provincial level against the EDCS interim administration and a series of seminars at district level.