Police Deploy Water Cannons to Disperse Protesting University Students in Colombo


Police deployed water cannons to disperse protesting university students in Colombo. The demonstration, organized by Medical Faculty student activists, aimed to voice opposition to the availability of medical degrees offered by private universities. The use of force escalated tensions, leading to clashes between the authorities and protesters. Students argued that private institutions offering medical degrees could compromise healthcare quality and accessibility, alleging a conspiracy to dismantle free education and healthcare. Both sides are seeking common ground to address the concerns raised.

The clashes highlight deep-seated divisions and concerns within Sri Lanka’s education and healthcare sectors. Constructive dialogue is necessary to find a balanced solution that upholds accessible education and healthcare while meeting evolving demands.

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