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JO protest is a sacrifice for Namal’s court cases: Mangala

4 September 2018 10:16 pm - 23     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Tomorrow's protest is a sacrifice being offered by the Joint Opposition (JO) to get MP Namal Rajapaksa freed from court cases against him, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.

Speaking to the media at the Ministry he said MP Namal will be offering a large human sacrifice against his court cases with the help of his father’s supporters.

Minister Samaraweera said MP Namal Rajapaksa was a person who is out on bail in connection with several court cases.

“We are not going to do anything to the protesters as what had happened during the previous regime. It is after such a situation that the ‘Yahapalanaya’ Government came to power, our country has the seven-star democracy in the world. We have given the right to protest for any person in the country, even persons like Namal Rajapaksa who is out on bail,” he said.

No one had the freedom to hold a protest during the last ten years. As the Minister, I would appear on behalf of rights of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and MP Namal Rajapaksa to engage in protests today. But, if anything happens in the day-to-day life of the people, we would not hesitate to take actions against the protesters.

Our government did not cancel any grounds for bookings of the JO members and while holding a protest march MP Namal Rajapaksa’s ambition was to give maximum pressure for the people, the Minister said.

However, MP Rajapaksa had stated that the protest march was organized in a way that no harm would be caused either to the general public or to public property. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 23

  • Kim Kardashian Tuesday, 04 September 2018 10:32 PM

    Protests should have been allowed and restricted only inside grounds n parks coz when these ppl protest the roads are blocked for traffic and the unruly mobs will damage public n private property. IF unruly behaviour is witnessed, arrest the protesters most of whom are from other areas who come in bus rides offered for free plus a ricepacket n 500 rupees.

    Jaliya Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:50 AM

    Does the sanitary system in Colombo even support this many number of uncivilized people all at once ? Next thing we know is those who lives in CMB 07 will have to paint their parapet walls and wash them with soap n water. Rosy may have a vivid idea on portable toilets...

    Coconut Donkey Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:24 AM

    @Jaliya thank you sir for your invaluable comment and feedback to the article. With a brilliant intellect like yours, perhaps you too should get into politics in this country.. all the best sir.

    Summa Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:33 PM

    I've always said this and no hesitation to say it again and again. A simple death benefit social society in a rural village does a better service to our Nation and Country than the stupid clowns in 'opposition'

    Siva Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:33 PM

    Every one would agree with you however on the ground level unless you all do something to reduce the cost of living and stop signing away bits and pieces of this country to India,the chances are Rajapaksas would be in the saddle very soon.

    gamini Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:27 AM

    to sign away bits and pieces to China

    Tharshana Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:40 AM

    So they can sell the rest of the country too ????

    GH Wednesday, 05 September 2018 12:36 AM

    Mr. Minister, it is non of your business; take care of the YAHAPALANAYA promises you all made on the innocent people.

    Manik Wednesday, 05 September 2018 01:24 AM

    "our country has the seven-star democracy in the world" If it is the case why rogues, rapists, gangsters, sex maniacs,drug dealers and more than 90 guys and girls even without G.C.E O/L occupy the parliament of Sri Lanka.What democracy are you tantalising about.Who gave seven stars?

    PAL HOREK Wednesday, 05 September 2018 02:21 AM

    These are all stunts of the corrupt to divert attention.Namal has to explain how he becaame a billionaire so soon with an ill fitting black coat,All know how he got the black coat

    Ram Wednesday, 05 September 2018 03:32 AM

    It will be a miracle if this protest end without causing any damage to public property. If damage is caused the organiser Namal must pay the damage and face the legal consequences

    Saman Wednesday, 05 September 2018 04:17 AM

    It is about time idiots like you understand the fact that we are absolutely fed up with this government.

    Arnold Wednesday, 05 September 2018 06:54 AM

    Half the politicians trying to cling to power and the other half trying to gain power. This is the only thing that has been going on since independence and the country has gone to dogs. Singapore which was lagging behind us up to the 1970s has overtaken us and gone ahead by about a million years already.

    Ghost Wednesday, 05 September 2018 06:59 AM

    Only Namal???????

    Jaliya Wednesday, 05 September 2018 07:35 AM

    The Rose Peddle said " our country has the seven-star democracy in the world. We have given the right to protest for any person in the country " I think we all can agree that would make a country a seven star democracy !! No other country is a seven star democracy, but sure we are ... by-passing the first six stars ... wonder of third world

    Ram Wednesday, 05 September 2018 07:43 AM

    Our day to day life is already affected due to Yahapalanaya who does nothing but hoodwink people....USD at 162, cost of living increasing, impose more tax, build toilets for 6 million, buy chairs for 650,000 each, cars for 50 million, seek cabinet approval for more allowance for doing nothing. Never caught so called Hora's from previous regime, never make a proper policy decision, sell our national asset like the Hambanthota port........and keep blaming the past regime for every little thing...the worst government in SL history.... well done !!!!

    SUMANA Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:35 AM

    We totally FED up of your ROGUES in both parties stealing our money and enjoying full board LUXURIOUS LIFE throughout while we have to untold difficulties

    Dee Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:35 AM

    Completely agree with comments of Saman. We are absolutely disappointed with the YP government. Bring back the white van culture and take control of the situation. Take off the freedom of speech which will keep all on a leash. If your YP government can't do it, get out. We will get a good 'Secretary' to do the needful!

    Leo Wednesday, 05 September 2018 12:18 PM

    Wonder if you would say the same when the white van comes for you.

    Joe Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:55 AM

    This is his New Method of Street Racing, what his father taught him during his period, now the only way to take to the roads was with the people as pawns.

    Ashok Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:26 AM

    Well Said Sir.

    Chari Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:25 AM

    We are fed up of all politicians. We need a Donald Trump type of inward looking good leader to take us forward. Hope such a person will emerge.

    Kurundu polla Wednesday, 05 September 2018 02:31 PM

    "7 star democracy " , then why are you shy of holding elections. Face the peoples power .

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