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5 September 2018 07:04 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The joint opposition organised anti-government protest march, ‘Jana Balaya Kolambata’ will be held today as scheduled despite the Colombo Municipal Council cancelling the bookings made for different venues, JO leaders yesterday assured.

JO national organiser and MP Dullas Alahapperuma told a news briefing that they had booked five different venues several weeks ago but they were informed yesterday that the bookings had been cancelled.

However, he said the most number of people in the history of such rallies would be brought to Colombo today to protest against the selling of national assets, the increasing cost of living, mounting taxes and the deterioration of cultural values.

JO leader and MP, Dinesh Gunawardane said people from the Northern, Eastern and Southern Provinces, the upcountry and other areas would arrive in Colombo today.

“We want to remind the government that it no longer has a mandate to rule the country in the wake of defeat in the local government elections. People are being oppressed daily. Their suffering should come to end,” he said.

MP Udaya Gammanpila said the government was under the impression that it had developed the country in an unprecedented manner and people were satisfied with governance.

“The government doesn’t understand the displeasure and the disappointment expressed by the people at their home and workplace. Therefore, the people should express their anger in a way it is heard by the government. The best way to do that is by joining our protest,” he said.

Meanwhile, MP Prasanna Ranatunga asked bus operators not to be worried about the transport authorities threatening to cancel route permits.

“The law says that only a fine of Rs.1,000 can be charged if a bus operated outside its permit. The permit cannot be cancelled. If the authorities fined bus operators, we will pay the fine by tonight with the help of the people,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 9

  • Unchikun Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:20 AM

    Yes, the people are greatly inconvenienced due to high cost of living, selling of government assets and drop in cultural values. By the way I do not use filth in day to day life. We also need freed of movement by foot and on chairs built on lorry chassis. Do not block the roads. Do you protest in your backyard. If not the real masses will take to the streets. Please come in numbers in your duty free luxury cars.

    Sam Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:20 AM

    Encouraging bus driver to break the law, this is what we can expect from JO

    CNJ Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:29 AM

    Empty vessels, empty heads and the joint circus comes to town!

    joshua Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:59 AM

    you power hungry morons will gather even in public toilets to capture power .

    Leo Wednesday, 05 September 2018 12:10 PM

    Ranathunga trying a Gammanpila strike.

    sunil Wednesday, 05 September 2018 12:20 PM

    MP Ranatunga is asking bus operators to violate the court orders do indulge in illegal activity by violating their route permits. These are the kind of people who want to rule us and foolish people want to elect

    gamini Wednesday, 05 September 2018 12:22 PM

    this govt. has a mandate to rule until their term of office ends. It is not for the JO to decide that

    Darrel Wednesday, 05 September 2018 12:26 PM

    Get a job you useless jokers and don't inconvenience us!

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 05 September 2018 03:44 PM

    It may be that the penalty for bus operators is only Rs. 1000, but the punishment for calling others to commit crimes is a jail sentence.

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