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At least 21 people were injured during clashes between Sri Lankan government supporters, security forces and a coalition of Buddhist monks and local villagers, in Ambalantota, Saturday. As monks and villagers marched, government supporters and police tried to disperse them using tear gas, water cannon and eventually firing hydrants at them. The protesters took to the streets to rally against Sri Lanka’s new commercial ties with China. The local government has signed an agreement that will see China become the major stakeholder of Sri Lankan Hambantota port, the deal will see villagers’ land will be taken over and transformed into an industrial zone for Chinese factories.

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