EU wants probe into Sri Lanka protest killings
COLOMBO (AP) - The European Union on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka to ensure justice for the victims of a recent military shooting on protesters demanding clean drinking water and for those hurt in a spate of attacks on mosques by Buddhist-led mobs.
The EU delegation in Colombo said in a statement that it was concerned by the recent incidents, including the death of three civilians during a protest in Weliweriya town northeast of Colombo and a mob attack on a Colombo mosque.
The Weliweriya protesters were accusing a factory in their neighbourhood of discharging chemical waste into drinking water.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government has come under heavy criticism for deploying the military to break up the peaceful protest on Aug 1, resulting in the fatal shooting of two teenagers and a 29-year-old man. Dozens of other people were wounded as soldiers shot indiscriminately and used poles to beat demonstrators, according to witnesses.