‘Occupy the Square’ against removal of couple

6 March 2016 08:46 pm - 25     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A large gathering today staged a protest at the Independence Square in Colombo, against firm action taken by two security guards to evacuate a couple from the premises.

The demonstration ‘Occupy the Square’ was organized after a video of the incident was posted on social media, which showed two security officers attempting to evict a couple, stating that the Cultural Affairs Ministry ordered them to do so.

However, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harsha de Silva who arrived at the protest questioned the relevant security officers of their clout in evicting the couple, and stated that a couple being seated at the premises was totally acceptable.

In response, the security guards said they resorted to urge couples to leave the premises due to nothing but mere misconduct.

The minister later posted on his Facebook page that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered the Cultural Affairs Ministry to cancel the contract with the government owned Security Company in which the two security guards were employed, and also to remove the Director Operations. (Piyumi Fonseka)



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  Comments - 25

  • Redna Monday, 07 March 2016 02:39 PM

    No common sense!

    bindu Monday, 07 March 2016 02:45 PM

    Somebody please throw a Bra

    chandi Monday, 07 March 2016 03:00 PM

    next protest will be for enforcing law against kissing In public and then ...............

    Don Monday, 07 March 2016 03:37 PM

    This is a PHD holder trying to fix a trivial issue the way he knows.Minister pls grab a couple of guns and fix the under world issue --- if you are really really brave

    Arnold Monday, 07 March 2016 03:45 PM

    Yeah, if animals can do it public humans too should be allowed to do it in public.

    Palle Monday, 07 March 2016 09:30 AM

    Big media shows for even trivial matters.

    podda Monday, 07 March 2016 09:32 AM

    hats off minister. great show off...... minister snarls fearlessly to two innocent fella while all the big fish doing all the dirty work with ministerial blessing. shame on you minister ..via DM Android App

    BM Monday, 07 March 2016 09:33 AM

    Love is blind.

    Nethra Wednesday, 09 March 2016 10:55 AM

    Nithadase inna,numuth ketha vidiyata inna appa,Annagatha parapurata ahdharsayak wenna.Security haridhe kela gamma kolla.

    nimal fernando Monday, 07 March 2016 10:02 AM

    Sheesh is this the most important thing a minister can spend his time on? And whats the point in bullying these two security chaps with all the ministerial powers?

    Sammy Monday, 07 March 2016 10:07 AM

    Is it the fault of the security guards or higher ups at the Cultural Ministry?

    concern Monday, 07 March 2016 10:10 AM

    is this foreign affairs via DM Android App

    ANTON Monday, 07 March 2016 10:16 AM


    Satha Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:44 AM

    Poor security guards family only will suffer.This is not big issue,they should have pardoned the poorsecurity guard.Trust humans right commission will take up this matteron behalf of the security guards, as he has no money to go to courts for the justice.

    Piyal Monday, 07 March 2016 10:19 AM

    @Palle, Trivial only for you!

    Bhagya Monday, 07 March 2016 10:21 AM

    Can you guys do a gathering for innocence child in Kuliyapitiya ?? Not this sort of minor cases

    Andrew Dias Monday, 07 March 2016 10:37 AM

    I fully agree with Anton-create a new ministry. make SBD the Minister in charge!

    Wesko Monday, 07 March 2016 10:52 AM

    Government wants them meet in the cemetery.....

    Andrew Pitugala Monday, 07 March 2016 11:00 AM

    If the Minister of Cultural Affairs has issued instructions, why are we angry with the Security personnel?

    Premalal Monday, 07 March 2016 11:02 AM

    We have a kudu culture, rape culture, murder culture, kidnap culture, bribe culture and no one bothers until a girl gets over emotional at a rock concert which gets even the President going or a young couple sit close to each other in a park.

    Ruwan Monday, 07 March 2016 11:03 AM

    Harsha I never thought you were so hard up for popularity! Go yell at the boss! They are only doing their job!

    priya Monday, 07 March 2016 11:46 AM

    Absolutely. The couples have all the right to sit there, chat etc.,bravo people......well protested.The security guards, must be tamed at the outset and trained thereafter, prior to offering them a job and then a remuneration.

    Top Hat Sunday, 06 March 2016 09:14 PM

    Now that is nice. Love is free and it is free. Stupid security guards with no educational qualifications. Kick them out from all places where civilised people congregate.

    GTNIZNIZ Monday, 07 March 2016 01:38 PM

    All foreign Tourists can do all indecent exposures at the Beaches and Resorts. No body bothered.

    sandun Monday, 07 March 2016 01:51 PM

    Kata nisa thami maluwa nahine

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