The protestors, while on their way from P.D. Sirisena Stadium at Maligawatte to Colombo Fort, were repeatedly ordered by police to turn back.
However, they had disregarded the orders and brought down the barriers to move forward, when police fired teargas and water mixed with ammonia.
Police also baton-charged, as some people hurled stones at them from the direction of the Maligawatte flats.
In the face of the police charge, the demonstrators changed their route of progress and went on with their protest.
Police stop buses arriving for ‘Protest March’
It is reported that masses that come to participate at the JVP ‘Protest March’ are stopped at ‘Samantha’ cinema hall at Dematagoda and the police is attempting to send them back.
The JVP Parliamentarian who went to the place a short while ago is mediating to avoid the situation state reports.