Sri Lanka capital's unauthorised houses demolished
July 19, 2008 (LBO) - Sri Lanka demolished unauthorised dwellings of residents in under-served areas of the capital Colombo, while those made homeless protested by blocking a rail track.
Police tear gassed the protestors Friday and the government's urban development agency razed houses and small shops to the ground despite a court order that suspended the campaign till next week.
Residents in underserved settlements screamed in protest with wailing mothers with babies imploring authorities to stop demolishing their homes.
Earlier on Friday a group of residents handed over a letter to the Indian embassy, as demolition was ostensibly carried out to improve 'security' for an upcoming regional summit meeting which is attended by Indian premier Manmohan Singh.