People’s right to protest taken away: Kiriella

17 February 2012 11:31 am - 32     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Tear gas is being fired once again at the protesters gathered in Fort. Meanwhile, Daily Mirror online speaking to Lakshman Kiriella says that the people are protesting against the corrupt regime and that the people’s right to protest by the constitution has been taken away. He also said that what has been done by the government is completely undemocratic and he says that the government is frightened of the people. MPs Lakshman Kiriella and Harin Fernando are currently at the protest while the crowds are seen dispersing from the scene. (Hafeel Farisz)

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  • Nodrog Saturday, 18 February 2012 05:12 AM

    Then what you say about the GOSL inconveniencing the entire Nation through improper governing?

    chelaka Saturday, 18 February 2012 06:23 AM

    keep up the good work hafeel farisz !

    gamini Saturday, 18 February 2012 06:48 AM

    Pl opposition carry on this protest

    Chandra Saturday, 18 February 2012 06:52 AM

    Very true

    hks Friday, 17 February 2012 11:36 AM

    Because.. according to the definition give by this Govt. those who oppose the govt. activities are traitors!!!

    chitra Saturday, 18 February 2012 08:13 AM

    Who is giving orders to use Tear Gas at the peaceful protest marchers?Get hold of the culprit and expose him to the world.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 18 February 2012 08:11 AM

    Obviously,ordinary people do not have any rights today even though guaranteed by the Constitution. Sadly the Constitution itself has become just another piece of paper today with the government's steamroller majority achieved through backdoor by buying off MPs from other parties.

    Imran Hussein Saturday, 18 February 2012 08:56 AM

    You wish. On the contrary it will certainly double the vote base. Dont be a pathetic joker.

    AMT Saturday, 18 February 2012 08:46 AM

    Why worry about ordering to use tear gas - when orders were given to shoot innocent civilians, to KILL??

    Imran Hussein Saturday, 18 February 2012 09:00 AM

    Dont we the world know them Chitra. I think they should do this regularly to show the world that democracy in SL is in mere papers only.

    D.E.M. Ocracy Friday, 17 February 2012 12:59 PM

    WE ARE HEADING FOR ANOTHER LIBYA

    jterm Friday, 17 February 2012 01:23 PM

    sounds like bush, ur either with us or against us! This should be called the "sri lankan spring"

    Senior Citizen Friday, 17 February 2012 01:37 PM

    Even with Peaceful demonstrations, you get Tear Gas, Water Cannons and Bullets? And this is Sri Lankan Democracy!

    meranchi Friday, 17 February 2012 01:55 PM

    you know there is not the suitable place to start protest that is,you a people violates living right and disrupt normal life of the citizen.

    V, Puran Appu Friday, 17 February 2012 02:06 PM

    As George W. Bush used to say.

    If you are not with us you are against us!!

    Leslie Friday, 17 February 2012 02:23 PM

    High time the people woke up to the realities.

    A S GUNARATNE Friday, 17 February 2012 02:23 PM

    No protests will shake the government. Apply different strategy ; be a worthwhile opposition. Opposition's divisions make them stronger

    Gayani Friday, 17 February 2012 02:26 PM

    A regime so corrupt will not heed to people's wishes. Anyway don't make protests thouroughly political. Then they loose validity.

    Nodrog Friday, 17 February 2012 02:34 PM

    Don't make this a one-time event. Continue protesting until the changes come about. Thats the responsibility of the main opposition.

    # terran Jayasooriya Friday, 17 February 2012 03:19 PM

    Yes. Agree. The pain should be same for everyone. Your leadership should also allow the same freedom to people who oppose him. They feel like you feel the pain!

    Gaz Friday, 17 February 2012 04:25 PM

    People can protest but they cant inconvenience the public. Our people's protest means damaging property. Opposition only knows to criticise everything, no constructive criticism.

    gajan99 Friday, 17 February 2012 06:27 PM

    Why protests? How much money government spent for Dayata Kirula- to educate people of this country.

    chandima Friday, 17 February 2012 07:04 PM

    What they want is another death

    Jay Ranaweera Friday, 17 February 2012 08:53 PM

    These fools do not understand that in USA daily the Gas(Petrol) prices are increasing, but none are aware brcause people like JVPers or UNPers are not here to protest.

    Ram Perera Friday, 17 February 2012 09:15 PM

    Politicians must appeal to the forces not to carryout undemocratic orders of the government
    Ram

    raj Friday, 17 February 2012 10:22 PM

    when Tamils's rights were taken Sinhalese people were quiet. Now they face the same thing.

    AJ Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:16 AM

    I think being able to protest was a right that the UNP regime took away from people which Madam Chandrika gave back to the people. I see a lot of protests now a days and that means there is allowance for peaceful protests... However, protests should be to get a message across and not to cripple an economy. If you do that, the I believer every Government has the right to ensure public welfare (I mean the masses) and not that of a few...

    Prices were on the rise for a very long time. When you were enjoying the subsidies you didn't question the budget deficit... when the govt can't source finances for its budget, then it can't give subsidies... either way, we have been paying that price... earlier indirectly.. not directly

    ranjit de mel Saturday, 18 February 2012 02:22 AM

    people should have the right to protest,but the question is wheather the unp has got the right to lead the protesters.

    Kangarro Saturday, 18 February 2012 04:06 AM

    Ya we must fight for a good change

    philip Saturday, 18 February 2012 04:15 AM

    Of course many people on the streets will inconvenience the public (as it does during festivals, political meetings and road accidents). It is the responsibility of the police to make sure that the public is notified, traffic is diverted and peace is maintained.

    raj Saturday, 18 February 2012 04:21 AM

    Exactly...Protests like this will only damage UNP vote base...

    Rajitha Saturday, 18 February 2012 04:42 AM

    okay next time don't protest at fort railway station on friday evenings.


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