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Sri Lanka clashes erupt over former army chief's arrest

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Government supporters and thousands of opposition activists have clashed in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

At least eight people were hurt in the violence near the Supreme Court, officials said. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.

The opposition is angry at the arrest of losing presidential candidate, Gen Sarath Fonseka, on Monday night.

Charles Haviland reports.

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