Stay away from protests

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Sri Lankan expatriates in Middle Eastern countries have been requested to stay indoors and not to get involved in any of the demonstrations taking place, Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera told Daily Mirror

Ministry of External Affairs had informed Sri Lankan Embassies in all the Middle Eastern countries where there are mass protests to inquire about the safety of Sri Lankan expatriates.

Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera told Daily Mirror that the Ministry had asked the embassies to inform the Sri Lankan expatriates in those countries to stay indoors and not to get involved in any of the demonstrations. “We have made this decision as Sri Lanka is not prepared to get involved in any of these crisis situations, “ he said

No Sri Lankan had been hurt in the protests that are taking place in Bahrain and Libiya according to the Deputy Minister.

Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment had decided to temporarily stop sending Sri Lankan expatriates to Bahrain for employment.

Some 5929 have flown to Bahrain as in November 2009 according to the statistics of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. In addition only 161 have flown towards Libya which is another country where mass protests have erupted.

Protests which began in Egypt several weeks ago have spread towards several other nations in the region including Bahrain and Iran. News agencies reported that the Iranian opposition was planning a mass protest today. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 16

  • Tharaka Chanaka Sunday, 20 February 2011 03:59 PM

    Save your energy for SL in the future

    S Aran Johnny Monday, 21 February 2011 06:51 AM

    I live in Bahrain. We dont even have an embassy here! What nonsense is this Deputy Minister fellow talking? We have been fending for ourselves these past few days. The other matter to comment on is that Bahrain is quite safe despite these protests. The protests are only at one roundabout. The rest of the country is going about its business. The SLFBE can relax its stupid regulations about not sending people to this place.

    kuriosity Sunday, 20 February 2011 04:26 PM

    very true, we have come here to earn some money and improve our living standrds and not make the policies or politions of those countries.

    manmohan Sunday, 20 February 2011 05:23 PM

    we are watching here to get started in Sri Lanka...
    wait and see !

    mahasenevi Sunday, 20 February 2011 05:50 PM

    @Tharaka, well said

    JUNIOR CITIZEN Sunday, 20 February 2011 07:00 PM

    Why are u scared it may happen in the Banana Republic also????

    Shyamali Sunday, 20 February 2011 07:03 PM

    YESTERDAY Tunisia,Egypt
    TODAY Yemen, Bahrain,Libya,Syria,Bangladesh
    TOMORROW ?????

    Loku Aiyya Sunday, 20 February 2011 08:22 PM

    “We have made this decision as Sri Lanka is not prepared to get involved in any of these crisis situations, “ he said

    What exactly is meant by this?

    kumaraya Sunday, 20 February 2011 09:18 PM

    Are we worried? Nay, nay!!

    C.K.Lankaputhra Monday, 21 February 2011 01:45 AM

    Long sighted minister. But.....

    kenny_fdo Monday, 21 February 2011 01:50 AM

    As if our people would even care if they were thrown on to the road. This is world cup season guys.

    Cobra Monday, 21 February 2011 02:36 AM

    They will definitely not get involved but surely will do so when the protests inevitably begin here if we do not change the path we are riding!

    Elara780 Tuesday, 22 February 2011 02:35 AM

    France - that's one place that's gonna blow up

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 21 February 2011 11:57 AM

    Apparently, the Minister is worried the Sri Lankan expatriates will learn from the Gulf protestors and put that into practice when they return here.

    asoka abeywardena Monday, 21 February 2011 05:30 AM

    ...and we have to inform all foreign people living in Sri Lanka, also not to take part in any kind of protests that is going to happen very soon here...

    Calm Monday, 21 February 2011 05:28 AM

    Does the advise mean that the Sri Lankan government is getting jittery about their hold on power.


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