Six UNP PC members suspended

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had his term extended for six years at the convention after proposed amendments to the party constitution were approved. The membership of six UNP Provincial Council members have been suspended, the party announced today.The six UNP Provincial Council members were suspended from the party for criticizing the party convention held recently.

Theatre cancels LGBT play after two cast members were subjected to homophobic

A theatre has cancelled performances of a play about an LGBT couple after two members of the cast were attacked in the street.Two actresses received homophobic abuse from a car and were hit by stones on their way to work at the theatre in Southampton.The producers of ‘Rotterdam’ announced that performances would not go ahead at the Nuffield Southampton Theatre on June 8.Rebecca Bantavla, 27, told The Telegraph she now fears kissing in public after her girlfriend was assaulted.She said: “We kissed in the street, and then when we leaned in again someone from a moving car threw something at Lucy.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lucy Jane, 31, said: “We were walking down the street having a laugh, we kissed and then heard some young men shouting. “We couldn’t get their reg (sic), it all happened so fast. I was shocked, we got to the theatre and my manager called the police.”I just feel sorry that those boys couldn’t watch the show and learn about the community rather than them being oppressive.”Ms Bantavla, from east London, said her partner was left bruised with her face swollen after she was struck by a flying object.She said: “Lucy was hit in the temple and went down to the floor. All I could hear was the sound of the young boys laughing. “Lucy was in shock, it all happened so fast, all I can remember now is the sound of aggressive noises and seeing her on the ground.”We are still going to continue with the show, now more than ever we want to tell the story of a woman who plans on coming out.” She added: “My reaction was complete shock, what happened has made me much more way of kissing, it shouldn’t be like that.”The producers of Rotterdam confirmed in a statement online that the play was cancelled due to a “homophobic hate crime”.It read: “We are devastated this behaviour is still so prevalent, a fact which reinforces the importance of this play’s message. “We are doing all we can to support the team and thank our audiences and colleagues for their support.“They have sustained only minor injuries but are hugely shaken from this cowardly, homophobic hate crime.”Hampshire constabulary said: “We have received a report from a third party relating to an incident which happened on Hill Lane.“It has been reported that homophobic abuse was shouted at two women, and stones thrown at them, by the occupants of a car.”It comes after Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend Chris were subjected to a homophobic attack and robbery on a London night bus. The couple were left covered in blood after they refused to kiss on May 30 – and five teenagers arrested over the incident have been bailed.Meanwhile, it was confirmed that the play is going ahead in Eastbourne tonight (Mon), and in Manchester on Thursday and Friday.Rotterdam, by Jon Brittain, premiered at Theatre 503 in south London in 2015 and moved to Trafalgar Studios the following year.It revolves around a couple living in the Netherlands, with both characters grappling with their emerging sexual identities.Director Sam Hodges tweeted: “This only makes us more determined to tell these important stories on our stages.” read more