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A massive protest by July strikers had compelled the closure of roads opposite the Fort railway station causing a major traffic jam. They were protesting the ill treatment they had received from successive governments and were marching towards the presidential secretariat when the police barricaded the area.

Our reporter said the protesters attempted to push down the barricades resulting in a tense situation after which two representatives were granted permission to visit the secretariat.( Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

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  • Sarneris Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:09 AM

    Dear July Strikers,

    Why not try to get a job? No use waiting for decades till the government gets you one??

    opatha Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:29 AM

    Are anyone still alive from July strikers. JRJ gone, I thought No more strikers alive. The picture shows young and energetic demonstrators. Don't believe any politician.

    Perera Wednesday, 15 August 2012 07:04 AM

    Who are July Strikers?

    Dee Wednesday, 15 August 2012 07:04 AM

    thought these guys were gone decades ago? where did they turn up from?

    Nodrogrog Wednesday, 15 August 2012 07:24 AM

    FUTA strike, July Strikers strike, CPC bad petrol, CEB breakdown, A/L crisis...the lists goes on and on but the Govt does not seem to be doing anything. Is their theory 'ignore and it will go away'?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 15 August 2012 07:46 AM

    The so called "socialists" had given innumerable assurances to the "July strikers" who were kicked out for striking by the "Capitalist" UNP Government in the eighties. But alas, the so called "socialists" who took over the government from 1994 onwrds never cared for them after getting their votes to come into power. But now the funny thing is these very same "socialists" are resorting to the same method, i.e. CEB, to settle strikes.

    Anil Wednesday, 15 August 2012 07:56 AM

    In 1994 CBK came to power saying that the July strikers would be reinstated. Looks like another broken promise. These guys were sacked in 1980. They must be past retirement.

    ajith fernando Thursday, 16 August 2012 03:35 AM

    Look at the vedio, the strength of old men and women. They are innocent workers sent home for asking Rs 10/- salary increase.

    ravi Wednesday, 15 August 2012 08:03 AM

    + University lecturers strike ...


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