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Sri Lanka: troops kill protestors at church, threaten nun

Catholic World News - August 08, 2013

Troops in Sri Lanka beat and killed three protestors who sought refuge in a parish church, according to an AsiaNews report. An additional 45 suffered injuries.

The violence took place in Weliweriya, where young protestors called for the shutdown of a factory that was polluting drinking water.

“We strongly condemn these killings and attacks committed by men against other men," said Father Lakpriya Nonis, the parish priest. “What is especially appalling is that they were chased into the church seeking refuge.”

The youth “were screaming from fear and pain,” recalled Sister Kanthi, who was threatened by soldiers. “We had never seen anything like it; it looked like a small war. I do not even know how many rosaries we recited to try to stop that tragic night.”

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