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Sri Lanka: Civil society activists intimidated

( January 5, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Decapitated head of a dog was placed opposite the residence of well known civil society activist, Brito Fernnado today morning. The same occured at the house of Prasanga Fernando, an associate of Fernando. CaFFE considers this as a direct message to civil society activists who are engaged in dissenting politics.

Meanwhile; a Sirasa U-reporter who tried to document an attempt by a group traveling in a Black coloured jeep to disrupt a rally by the Common Opposition in Kolonnawa was threatened. His camera was taken and footage was erased.

Meanwhile; Shots fired at Kahawatte Election stage of Common Opposition Candidate, where the last rally of Sirisena in Ratnapura district will be held, at around 2am today (05). The stage was being built at Kahawatte Public Ground and over 200 people including UNP MP Thalatha Atukorale were present when the incident occurred.

Assailants have arrived in eight vehicles and they were led by a UPFA MP known for violence in Ratnapura. After they started attacking the stage UNP supporters retaliated and it was at this point that UPFA MP's group started firing at the crowd with a T 56 weapon.

Three UNP supporters were wounded and one person, who got shot in the abdomen is in critical condition. All are being treated at Ratnapura Hospital. Meanwhile two vehicles used by the assailants have also been damaged by UNP supporters. 

After the incident supporters of Common Opposition Candidate blocked Kahawatte road and burnt down a number of election offices of UPFA MP Premalal Jayasekara aka Choka Malli were destroyed. The roads were closed for over four hours because of the incident.

Police have not taken any action until two hours of the initial incident. They only reacted when the UNP supporters started attacking Jayasekara's offices.

| Based on the news letters issued by the CaFFE

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