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Sri Lankan Government supporters disrupt peaceful protests

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Srilankan government supporters, on Monday, struck peaceful anti-government protest sites around the nation including Colombo, says Human Rights Watch

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Bar Association and other foreign diplomats have condemned the attack on protesters and called for an impartial investigation.

The Aftermath

Following this, the protesters are now calling for Prime Minister’s brother to resign from his role as the president.

It was noted that the government should protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces are responding appropriately to public disorder.

This came after hundreds of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters charged at Galle face green, the camp site of peaceful protesters.

The protestors were there for weeks demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation.

Witnesses of the incident recount that the government supporters attacked the protestors with clubs and other weapons and even set fire to their tents.

Hours later, Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister.

South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly says these attacks risk further deadly violence.

“It is vitally important for the security forces to fully respect the right to peaceful assembly, and for those responsible for violence to be held to account.”

Kasumi Ranasinghe Arachchige, a protester present at Galle Face Green notes that as the protesters came in with knives and sticks the police forces retreated from the spot.

She says that the government supporters started destroying everything.

 “It seemed as if they knew what and who to look for.”

The government later imposed a nationwide curfew after over 150 people were reported injured and at least five dead in different incidents. 

Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has warned the protestors about saboteurs who might incite violence.

The Sri Lankan government has asked the respective authorities to shoot the lawbreakers on sight in order to control the widespread violence.

Tens of thousands of army, navy and air force personnel are currently patrolling the streets of Colombo but crowds continue to gather.

Shreya Vats contributed to this report

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Proper nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining a robust immune system and mitigating chronic inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection, but when it becomes chronic, it can lead to serious health issues.

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Nvidia surpasses Microsoft as the most valuable company in the world

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Nvidia has emerged as the world’s most valuable company, surpassing Microsoft with a market value of over $3.3 trillion.

This shift comes on the heels of Nvidia’s consistent growth in the semiconductor sector and its strategic advancements in artificial intelligence and gaming technologies.

This milestone marks a significant validation of Nvidia’s aggressive expansion and innovation strategies under CEO Jensen Huang, who has steered the company towards dominance in high-performance computing.

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Nintendo’s latest presentation showcased exciting revivals and fresh new titles for Q4

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Nintendo’s exciting 2024 lineup revealed following June Direct: revivals, new titles, and fresh takes.

From enhanced classics like Donkey Kong Country Returns HD to highly anticipated new entries such as Metroid Prime 4, Nintendo’s 2024 releases promise something for every gamer.

Emily Leaney from TeamRetro joins to unpack all the big announcements.

Follow the link here for the full presentation on Nintendo’s official YouTube channel.

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