The joint opposition today charged that the government was frightened about the anti-government protest campaign scheduled for Wednesday and was attempting to sabotage it.
Joint opposition member MP Kanchana Wijesekera told a news conference that the Road Passenger Transport Authority had been ordered to restrict the issuance of temporary road permits for September 5, 6 and 7 in order to decrease the number of vehicles travelling in those days.
“The government is planning to prevent people from attending the protest campaign. This situation is reported from many areas across the country mainly in the Western Province,” he said.
He said the government was also in an attempt to postpone the Parliamentary sessions scheduled to be held on September 4 and 5 in order to avoid the publication of the parliamentarians’ comments made during the sessions on the joint opposition’s protest campaign.
“It was reported that some party leaders had made a request to postpone Parliamentary sessions. We hope it will not happen,” he added.
He said the joint opposition had also taken legal advice to proceed with the protest campaign if the government would take steps to sabotage it. He also said there was a possibility of getting the protest campaign extended to the following day (6) depending on the response of the government to their demands.
The ‘Janabalaya Kolambata’, anti-government protest campaign organized by the joint opposition is scheduled to be held on September 5 in Colombo at 2.00 pm and the venue of it will be announced on the day of protest. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
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Comments - 15
hubert Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:30 PM
Tit for tat batten charge
Dhammika Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:32 PM
IT IS THE OTHER WAY AROUND ! . JOkers sabotaging the govt. development work with STRIKES , PROTESTS and DE-STABILING an elected govt ! .
DJ Thursday, 30 August 2018 09:01 PM
The nonsense of paying people and transporting them in them in busses just to showcase a crowd should be stopped asap. Have a tangible debate at BMICH where the public could ask questions openly and establish credibility would be a much better alternative
Arnold Friday, 31 August 2018 07:12 AM
Okkoma horu, putting on boru shows to deceive us the hard working tax paying public. All politicians, present and past, think their only duty is to collect as much taxes as possible and enjoy their lives to the max.
Samson Friday, 31 August 2018 08:04 AM
So the JO kers failing through the GMOA and other unions are themselves going a step further to disrupt the little progress of the state.
PC Friday, 31 August 2018 08:17 AM
Wonder why these JOkers have to inconvenience the public by coming to Colombo? Why not march from Colombo to Hambantota??
channa Friday, 31 August 2018 08:41 AM
there can me more heads present. but not a single brain will attend.
TONY Friday, 31 August 2018 09:26 AM
THE GOVT IS LENIENT. IN FACT THEY SHOULD BAN ALL PROTEST / RALLIES THAT AFFECTS THE MOVEMENT OF THE PUBLIC.
Nuwan Saturday, 01 September 2018 07:00 AM
That's not yahapalanaya.
SAM Friday, 31 August 2018 09:28 AM
Its a good auspicious date and time with new term reopening of schools to start at 2.00 PM and windup at office rush time and create the students/teachers and office masses with traffic.
Dam Friday, 31 August 2018 09:33 AM
Must be joking. Really. Who want's to do that... I strongly doubt. Unless someone from public serve you what you really deserve
Roman Friday, 31 August 2018 09:41 AM
Janabalaya Kolambata or Baiyyo's Kolabata?? Government should take steps to close down all the liquor shops as well, this will break their momentum and limit chaotic acts!
Sumi Friday, 31 August 2018 12:17 PM
Aney are your'll having participation issues now
Praja Pathirana Friday, 31 August 2018 02:35 PM
JO is the one who asked government to give a holiday. Govt has obliged by giving holiday to parliament. Ha! Ha!
stardust Friday, 31 August 2018 03:56 PM
should collect all the dengue mosquitos in the country and release them at the meeting via DM Android App
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