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Sri Lanka's new president says non-violent protests can continue after crackdown

Friday's raid drew condemnation from U.N. and Western envoys

Security personnel stand guard during a protest against the raid on an anti-government protest camp near Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 22.   © Reuters

COLOMBO (Reuters) -- Sri Lanka's new President Ranil Wickremesinghe told diplomats this week that non-violent protests against his government will be allowed to continue, including in the commercial capital Colombo, his office said in a statement on Sunday.

In a pre-dawn raid on Friday, hundreds of security personnel dismantled part of an anti-government protest camp outside the presidential secretariat, raising fears of a wider crackdown by Wickremesinghe who was sworn in a day earlier. 

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