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Sri Lanka acts against factory after fatal protest

Sri Lanka to either shut or relocate factory following military's killing of 3 at protest

Sri Lanka acts against factory after fatal protest

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's president says he'll either shut or relocate a factory alleged to have polluted drinking water amid intense criticism of his government's handling of a protest against the facility in which the military killed three people.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office says he told residents of Weliweriya on Monday that tests would be conducted to determine whether the factory is responsible for polluting the town's water supply. If the factory is not found to be responsible for the water crisis, it will be moved away from a residential area to an industrial zone.

Rajapaksa's government has come under heavy criticism for deploying the military to break up a peaceful protest Aug. 1, resulting in the fatal shooting of two teenagers and a 29-year-old man.

Updated : 2021-05-13 03:06 GMT+08:00