Police fired tear gas to disperse a group of unemployed graduates protesting near the Lotus Roundabout in Colombo.
Riot police resorted to using tear gas after the protestors attempted to push through a road blockade which had been set up to prevent them reaching the Presidential Secretariat.
Meanwhile severe traffic congestion has been reported in Maradana and surrounding areas due to a public rally being staged by the ‘Jathika Ekamuthuwa’ organisation.
The rally has been organised to demand an immediate general election in the country.
Another protest is also underway near the National Housing Development Authority by a large number of people who have been promised employment in the authority.