Two Errant Security Guards NOT Fired: Cultural Ministry Confirms

The two security guards involved in the cultural policing incident at the Independence Square, Colombo 07, have not been fired, multiple government sources, including authoritative sources at the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, confirmed Asian Mirror. 

"Only the Director Operations of the state-run security firm, a political appointee of the previous regime, has been suspended. At the same time, the company's contract with the government pertaining to the security of the Independence Square has been terminated," a senior official of the ministry told Asian Mirror. 

Meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harsha de Silva too confirmed that the security guards had not been fired. 

"I never said the security guards were fired," de Silva said, in a statement, last night. 

"What happened was their boss got fired. The guards will be sent somewhere else hopefully warned not to repeat their arrogant behaviour," the Deputy Minister further explained.

The incident however highlighted that the two security guards had acted beyond their mandate when they evicted couples from the Independence Square. Cultural Affairs Ministry officials confirmed that there was no order to remove couples from the premises which was a public property. 

It was later revealed that the Cultural Affairs Ministry had outsourced a security firm affiliated with the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation to provide security to the Independence Square.

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