The Sunday Leader

Different Strokes

Last week these pages reported of an incident about some elderly tourists from the west who were forced to delete the pictures they had taken from their digital cameras of a sentry on duty near the Slave Island railway station by a senior soldier.
But on Tuesday the opposite appeared to have had happened at a different checkpoint in the city.
A tourist was seemingly not discouraged from taking photos of another sentry on duty at the checkpoint near Dutch Reformed Church Bambalapitiya, the time around 4.20 PM.
Three Chinese looking tourists, two women and a man were near the checkpoint, with one woman posing near a sentry carrying a “stop” sign, to flag any suspicious vehicles, while his armed colleagues were operating from a “distance”, with the foreign man getting ready to take a picture and none of the sentry’s colleagues trying to stop him.
But then the bus in which I was in and from where I was observing this incident, moved on, and I lost sight as to what happened thereafter.
I’m not sure whether those foreigners were allowed to continue with their shutterbugging or not? The Bambalapitiya checkpoint generally manned by air force personnel, and which has been there for a while, was, however not there the following day Wednesday.

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