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The joint opposition (JO) said today the massive crowd at its May Day rally was a strong message to the embassies of Western countries and the elite class in Colombo about its strength.

JO national organiser and MP, Dullas Alahapperuma said he hoped the government would read the message and realize as to which party was the real opposition in the country.

“The number of people who were present at our May Day rally was three times as big as the number of people who attended the rallies organized by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The people joined us as a protest against the government’s oppression of the people,” he told a news conference.

The MP said the rally held at the Galle Face Green was a turning point and probably the largest ever May Day rally in the country's history.

Meanwhile, he said the government should hold local government elections without delay.

“If the government continues to delay elections, the people who thronged Galle Face Green will surround the key institutions in the capital,” the MP said.

Referring to a challenge thrown by Minister P. Harrison that he would shave his head if the JO filled the Galle Face Green with its supporters on May Day, the MP said the challenge had been met but requested the minister not to cut his hair. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Critical Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:16 AM

    What is the cost of attendee

    Kithsiri Wednesday, 03 May 2017 01:48 AM

    We saw drunkards running near galle face and still they couldn't beat the UNP rally despite UNP losing popularity

    raj Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:13 AM

    some are demonstrating for restoring white van culture and extra judicial killings of journalists and politicians of the past.

    shash Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:15 AM

    joint opposition showed they power . challenge completed .now time to go home this government . via DM Android App

    Don Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:19 AM

    Crowds bribed with commission money. via DM Android App

    Maniya Wednesday, 03 May 2017 03:20 PM

    Doesn't mater, they have enough:)

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:49 AM

    Yes, we saw how many drunkards were there in numbers.

    Nandimitra Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:50 AM

    Rs. 2,500 plus alcohol and food for participation. How much for the vote ???

    Tissa Wednesday, 03 May 2017 06:30 AM

    He is not realise the common fact.What Ms gained from real SLFP which was not their in 2015. MS is gaining on Mr via DM Android App

    Kadiya Wednesday, 03 May 2017 06:49 AM

    That the voter is about ready for another mega heist?

    Citizen Silva Wednesday, 03 May 2017 06:57 AM

    You better clean up the mess (garbage) first, you created at Galle Face.

    sobers Wednesday, 03 May 2017 07:21 AM

    "Do not jump the Gun", All meetings would have brought in a crowd nothing more than 200,000. The Voters are above 12 million or more. Silent voters and dignified thinkers are the majority. Also only political stooges and government employees under pressure and benefits take part in these rallies. Without destructing and creating problems unite to build a Srilanka for unity and prosperity.

    REALPATRIOT. Wednesday, 03 May 2017 07:42 AM

    ARE THEY ALL VOTERS OR HIRED SLOGAN HOLDERS via DM Android App

    B S Perera Wednesday, 03 May 2017 08:36 AM

    What is the big thing even if you got 2 million at Galle Face as Bandula Gunawardena (2500.00 for a family) said in a TV discussion last night (2nd) becuse MR got 5 million votes in 2015

    Kaboos Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:17 AM

    It will be a land slide victory for UNP by splitting SLFP into two.

    wtf Thursday, 04 May 2017 05:39 AM

    Looks like you are still drunk!!


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