Sri Lanka police clash with protesters outside parliament

Mahinda Rajapakse -- who served as Sri Lankan president from 2005-2015 -- walks past the parliament building during a 2010 ceremony in ColomboPolice fired teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of opposition-backed protesters outside parliament Saturday as lawmakers debated the annual budget. Demonstrators led by loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapakse held up traffic and blocked the main access to the parliament complex for several hours in the capital. Opposition lawmaker Ranjith Soysa said protesters were demanding local elections which were due last year, but postponed to devise a new electoral system.

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