Army denies claims it shot directly at protesters

Army denies claims it shot directly at protesters

The Sri Lanka Army has denied claims it shot directly at protesters who attempted to enter the President’s House at Fort.

issuing a media statement, the Army said that its attention has been drawn to a few video clips going viral claiming that the Army troops opened fire at protesters in order to cause intentional harm to them when they were attempting to forcibly enter the President’s House compound in Colombo, Fort on Saturday (9) afternoon.

The Army categorically denied having opened fire towards the protesters, but said it fired a few rounds in the air and towards the sidewalls of the main gate entrance to the President’s House compound as a deterrent, aimed at preventing the entry of the protesters into the compound.

The Army said that firing into the air and sidewalls do not therefore necessarily mean that those Army personnel on duty were intent on causing deliberate harm to the protesters. (Colombo Gazette)

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