For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Udul in South Africa at the 17th WFYS , says
By Sumaiya Rizvi
Minister of Higher Education S.B. Dissanayake was stopped from delivering a lecture at the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students held in South Africa, Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) convener Udul Premaratne said yesterday.
“We rallied other students around the world and they helped to spearhead a protest against S.B. Dissanayake which stopped him from attending to lecture at the festival,” Mr. Premaratne said. According to him the students were aware of the Minister’s treatment of students and they supported the IUSF.
“Minister S.B. Dissanayake was to deliver a lecture but it was later cancelled following the protest,” Mr. Premaratne said. Students from all the Asian and European countries took part in the protest outside the place from where the festival was held, he added.
Mr. Premaratne and a few other students from the IUSF took part in the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students held in South Africa recently.