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A 31-year-old man who said to have obstructed the police officer who was on duty at Borella junction during the motorcade provided for the Chinese Defence Minister on April 27 was arrested, police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

He said the motorcade was coming from Katunayake International airport towards Colombo.

"The man was arrested for obstructing the police and forming an unlawful assembly. The video footage on the incident was published in social media by him," the Spokesman said. 

He said the Borella police initiated an investigation on the incident and arrested the man, a resident of Pelawatte in Battaramulla yesterday.

The suspect would be produced before the Colombo Magistrate today.

In terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Sri Lanka should provide maximum security to foreign envoys and therefore the vehicular traffic on the roads are restricted to honour their movements.

Meanwhile, when a similar incident was reported in May 2019, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who was then Opposition Leader said the public honking on the roads in such a manner showed their displeasure against the government's decision to close roads for VIP vehicular movements and the Government’s policies.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya )

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  • Defender Friday, 30 April 2021 09:06 AM

    Vienna is far away. We have to defend our country!!

    Lumbini Friday, 30 April 2021 09:09 AM

    This person has not obstructed the motorcade. He simply expressed his dissatisfaction with the traffic blockade for a longer period of time. We have seen the video.

    Joshua Friday, 30 April 2021 09:10 AM

    The 31 year old person is brave, even if actions were against the Vienna convention. Life of patients, pregnant mothers etc are more important than these VVIPs. If the Defence Minister is so important why can't you take him by air, like we do to our useless VVIPs in SL? At least this citizen's action will teach a good lesson to "self acclaimed VIPs" in this country.

    Richard Vonhagt Friday, 30 April 2021 09:12 AM

    I believe it would be best to remove the word "Democratic" from the official name of Sri Lanka, and just make it "The Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka".

    RoaringCreek Friday, 30 April 2021 09:17 AM

    Yes, when Gods visit Sri Lanka we can not obstruct them. We have to make way and worship them. The Rajapaksa's have completely sacrificed our dignity with was due the reckless borrowing to build unproductive projects.

    Christo Friday, 30 April 2021 09:18 AM

    Even the queen of england does not cause this much traffic disruption. This third world state of Sri Lanka is turning to be a police state. You either shut up and put up or will be put behind bars

    Patrick Xingua Friday, 30 April 2021 09:29 AM

    This person and all the clowns involved in this circus should be punished according to the law, for showing disrespect towards one of the true leaders of this colony.

    Manula Friday, 30 April 2021 09:43 AM

    Jayawewa. He is one of the of 6.9Mn voters.... way to go.

    VJ Friday, 30 April 2021 09:43 AM

    Nice work by the police, congratulations. Do you also comply with all other terms of the Vienna Conventions?

    Ashan Silva Friday, 30 April 2021 09:44 AM

    Unlawful Assembly?!!! Was he the one who planned and brought all those vehicles to Borella? Is honking considered obstruction of police duties? Our masters should educate us slaves on the new laws of the land!

    Chux Friday, 30 April 2021 09:55 AM

    He didn’t object minister motor Cade it is police and ho stopped public moving

    Bandu Friday, 30 April 2021 09:57 AM

    Not all hero’s wear capes

    VJ Friday, 30 April 2021 10:02 AM

    Sri Lanka and 64 other countries are not signatories to the Vienna convention. Why comply?

    Sokrates Friday, 30 April 2021 10:10 AM

    Free travel for crooks and murderers.

    Maqs Friday, 30 April 2021 10:17 AM

    Don't know where the country is heading to... Best thing to do is to leave this country ruled by damn people

    Kandy Friday, 30 April 2021 10:24 AM

    There have been hundreds of such VVIPs travelling in SL but never had roads closed. Is this because the visitor is Chinese? Govt. is already bending for the Chinese rulers...

    Ding Dong Friday, 30 April 2021 10:26 AM

    Well done our CEO of Sri Lanka. You must teach these Sri Lankan’s Chinese discipline. We cannot let citizens of our colonies behave like this.

    Ying Yang Friday, 30 April 2021 10:55 AM

    Excellent comment

    Hondha Hitha Friday, 30 April 2021 10:31 AM

    He was not obstructing the police. He was peacefully demonstrating against road closure. He didn't go beyond where the road is closed

    Gihan de Alwis Friday, 30 April 2021 11:22 AM

    He didn't obstruct the police, this clown of a police spokesman should watch the vedio and then comment, this Fellow should be shame to be an policeman

    Lion Friday, 30 April 2021 11:27 AM

    My hats off to the brave man who gave the lead to this justifiable protest.

    Prof Jey R Friday, 30 April 2021 11:39 AM

    Just the beginning.. People will suffer more with SLPP SJB MY3 MPs. All 3 Teams are heavily funded by Chinese Communist Party and Delhi Congress who are strategy Partners. All Sri Lanka TV News Channels are operated by Blackmoney. >Sirasa TV will attack UNP Leaders and Praise Sajith, Mano, Marrikar

    Jehan Friday, 30 April 2021 11:51 AM

    Myanmar anyone.

    Si Friday, 30 April 2021 01:54 PM

    He did the right thing... these bleady politician selling the country to racist Chinese...

    Sundar Friday, 30 April 2021 02:09 PM

    Ajith Rohana...I need to polish my Shoes..I hear you carry KIWI POLISH TINS..

    vithura Friday, 30 April 2021 04:27 PM

    Chinese aren't welcome by ordinary citizens, they have caused immense hardship to Sri Lanka!

    Fernando in Italy Friday, 30 April 2021 04:45 PM

    He should be hung for protesting in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka. Over to you Namal.


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