Army responds to shooting at entrance of President’s House
Posted on July 10th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The Sri Lanka Army said today that Army troops fired a few rounds to the air and the sidewalls of the main gate entrance to the President’s House on Saturday preventing the entry of the protesters into the compound, and did not intend on causing deliberate harm to the protesters.

The Army said in a statement that the 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 denies having opened fire towards the protesters, but fired a few rounds to the air and 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, they said.

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, the Army said.(DSB)

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