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As Parliament plunged into chaos again on Friday, a posse of policemen entered the chamber to clear the way for Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s entry into the House accompanied by the mace. Government MPs stormed the Chair before the sessions began and later shouted slogans and threw projectiles as the rumpus continued. (AFP)

Behind-the-scene battle

in Sri Lanka parliament riot


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya resisted ordering police into parliament on Friday, but changed his mind 42 minutes after being denied entry into the chamber by an aggressive mob of MPs who occupied his desk and chair.

Official sources said the 78-year-old Jayasuriya was offered a specialized Special Task Force unit trained in anti-hijacking and hostage rescue operations to clear the way for his entry into the House accompanied by the mace.

But Jayasuriya refused the offer, hoping that over 40 legislators of the Joint Opposition supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa would end their agitation and allow the assembly to go ahead with an amended no-confidence motion against the former president."The IGP (Inspector-General of Police) telephoned the Speaker and offered the STF units as he had been instructed by the President," an official said.

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