The Inter University Student Federation of Sri Lanka held a massive protest against the government condemning the curtailing of scholarships of university students. As a result of a long struggle in the year 1985 a trust fund was formulated to provide scholarships for students. However during past two decades the government has gradually decreased the budget allocations for the education consequent to which the scholarships also curtailed and the amount has not been increased in accordance with the inflation level of the country. IUSF after several reminders to solve this issue organized a protest march compelling the government to take immediate measures to resolve the anomalies.
However the government dispersed the said protest using thousands of Police officers, tear gas and water cannons instead of resolving the student demands.53 Students were arrested and produced to the court.