Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters gathered opposite the Indian Consulate Office in Hambantota.
The protest was organized by members of the Joint Opposition including MP Namal Rajapaksa, against moves to hand over operations of the Hambantota Port and Mattala Airport to foreign companies.
The protest was scheduled to be held near the Mattala Airport, however the venue was changed to the Indian Consulate after Police obtained a court order preventing any protests near the airport.
The protesters accused the government of attempting to sell state assets to foreign countries.
Meanwhile, the National Police Commission (NPC) has launched an investigation into an alleged assault by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) on a detained protester during the melee on Friday (6).
Secretary of the NPC Ariyadasa Cooray said that the matter will be taken up for discussion on Wednesday, October 11. (KCT)