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Will defy all laws and begin another Aragalaya tomorrow: SJB

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Colombo, Jan 29 (Daily Mirror) -  The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) will not take notice of any restrictions but will take to the streets tomorrow and fire the first shot towards overthrowing the present government, SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara said today.

“The IGP or anyone else can impose any restriction but we will defy all laws and bring 50,000 people to Colombo tomorrow,” Madduma Bandara told a media briefing.

“It was the SJB which pioneered the uprising in 2022 and we intend to do the same this time as well,” Madduma Banadara added.

“We will not disclose where we will march towards now, but we will reveal it at the correct time tomorrow,” he added.

Former MP Hirunika Premachandra who also participated in the briefing said the protest will be against suppressive legislations such as the Anti-Terrorism Bill, Online Safety Bill and increased taxes. 

“We will disclose where we are going  to surround at the right time,” she also said


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  • Anil Fernando Monday, 29 January 2024 02:06 PM

    Sajith admitted himself to hospital on the day Gota was chased away . It was the common people who started the Aragalaya and not SJB.

    Raven Monday, 29 January 2024 03:37 PM

    True. Now this joker is trying to take the credit. Anyway, we don't know how Ranil who actually sent the Aragala people packing, will look at this circus.

    Full of Talk Monday, 29 January 2024 08:09 PM

    Sarjit can’t lead. If tomorrow’s protest is a failure, no more hope for SJB. Just talk

    Jayantha Monday, 29 January 2024 09:05 PM

    Without the backing from both sjb and jvp the aragalaya would have ended at the early stage. When government put curfew to stop escalating of anger by people, it was the sjb and jvp politicians who came out on curfew day and broke the barrier which helped the general public to come out too. You cannot single handedly do protests without the support from opposition parties. Reason is the security forces hesitate to arrest opposition parliamenterians in large numbers bcoz if the opposition party comes to power the officers will have hard time. We saw how it happened in past and how some officers had hard time.

    We have decided Tuesday, 30 January 2024 07:25 AM

    You may say anything but the new president is Sajith Premadasa. People like him as they like his father. Don't show the your inferiority complex. You people may work for few loosing politician but people are with Sajith.

    Just Blowing Smoke Wednesday, 31 January 2024 05:46 AM

    @We Have Decided- see what I mean. Wasted resources

    Wijebahu Wednesday, 31 January 2024 06:55 AM

    Stooges of Ranil and JVP. Sajith is the only option and He is very much capable . Ranil should not be given a chance as he is there to continue with the Corrupt Rajapaksa. JVP cannot be given a responsibility of governing a country with their shallow narrow experience in modern politics. Aragalaya was inspired by massive protests carried out by SJB before and Hurinikas famous demonstration in-front of Gotas house.

    Amaran Monday, 29 January 2024 02:15 PM

    Please do NOT distrupt the arrival of THAI PRIME MINISTER

    Mokata katha Monday, 29 January 2024 02:19 PM

    Like the last aragalaya ? Where Sajith got off the vehicle and in 5 minutes he was back in the vehicle waving goodbye to people shouting "aragalayata jayavewa".

    Kumara Choksanada Monday, 29 January 2024 02:29 PM

    Samagi Jolly Boys SJB are behaving like circus clowns.

    Kandiah Balendran Monday, 29 January 2024 02:30 PM

    Jalani Premadasa is illegally occupying JAAL spa in Colombo 7.

    Suren Monday, 29 January 2024 07:47 PM

    Hubby Sajith is deaf and dumb on the matter. If he really cared the matter could have been rectified long ago. The family may be hoping that by sone miracle he ascends to the top job that they could use what they know best to grab that property to themselves. Greed and power at play. How can one even dream of giving then power?

    Jeanne Tuesday, 30 January 2024 07:29 AM

    Let's not forget that it was Sajith's father who ordered a Thai Airways plane to fly for the sole purpose of bringing in orchids for his daughter's wedding. The thieving and corruption and thuggery started during his rule and then the Rajapakse thugs took it to a whole new appalling level.

    joshua Monday, 29 January 2024 02:32 PM

    Do not use the use the word Aragalaya for a joke.

    Jeewaratne hulle Tuesday, 30 January 2024 08:13 AM

    Aragalaya project was funded and orchestrated by the white masters, who instilled a regime of their choice and also an opposition who dance to their tune. The two sides of the same coin, who take turns in staging dramas publically to hoodwink the clueless masses, who don't see the bigger picture. All the current mainstream parties are part of this geo political game.

    Dee Monday, 29 January 2024 03:01 PM

    Ordinary folk started the aragalay, then it was hijacked by the subversives and the nefarious characters from the slums of colombo. SJB wasn’t even around. The true faces of the aragalay activists (towards the end) who were pretty familiar with destructive mentality was clearly shown- then they were chased away! Now they are back to organizing protests in state university and loss making state entities! GROBR!

    last chance Monday, 29 January 2024 03:02 PM

    Why not you bring along dila,dala,Gl,pani sumane, nalaka goda hewa, for the protest.Then it looks relay nice as people see the pohottu boys with telephone boys together.

    Senpera Monday, 29 January 2024 03:03 PM

    Does he know the Aragalayites all hate the SJB and are loyal pawns only of the JVP?

    Gonston Monday, 29 January 2024 03:17 PM

    Go alone and come back after a Beira bath

    Sunil Monday, 29 January 2024 03:19 PM

    Way to go. Irrespective of the political differences all the people of the nation must unite to chase away these scoundrels now ruling and destroying the country.

    It will Never Happen Wednesday, 31 January 2024 05:50 AM

    Without a proper execution of well planned protest, it will never happen again. They announced the protest which knowingly will be blocked

    JRDW Monday, 29 January 2024 03:32 PM

    Defy all laws to protest not for the people but for there own political survival and to take power, such cheap politicians we have...

    sanath Monday, 29 January 2024 03:42 PM

    Come on jolly boys of SKB. Try your luck with RW

    Tak Tik Tuk Monday, 29 January 2024 04:17 PM

    The quote "It was the SJB which pioneered the uprising in 2022" itself is enough for Pohottuwa govt to call for arrests. Lets see if that happens or not. If NPP had said this, they would have been asked to visit CID etc.

    SJB frogs waiting for their turn to jump Monday, 29 January 2024 04:34 PM

    Frogs of SJB already jumped to the pond of Ranil and there are some more frogs waiting for their turn. Sajith is the person who visited Aragalaya youngsters but hurriedly left the place, when he found that he was not welcome there! We know that Hirunika has a larger following than Sajith.

    ruwan Monday, 29 January 2024 04:45 PM

    then why did sajith nearly escape in tha Galleface on 09/may?

    Terrence K Monday, 29 January 2024 05:10 PM

    Is it a prudent decision to start a Aragalaya by bringing out the public onto the streets. The outcome would be that many people will get injured and some may lose their lives because the scales are tipping in favour of the government which is backed by the forces. In the past Aragalaya the sympathy by the forces was towards the public because it was a crisis time with the shortages of petrol, gas etc. and from what we seen the forces took a neutral stand. Better judgement should prevail instead of acting like bulls in a china shop which will have detrimental effects. As there is a saying there is a TIME and PLACE with the correct mix of all affected public for everything !!!!!!!

    sss Monday, 29 January 2024 05:36 PM

    While you are at it check what happened to the multi billion dollar compensation case for the shipping disaster when some in power took bribes allowed the ailing shup in to Sri Lanka waters. May be not if some of SJB people may also be involved

    Ashley Monday, 29 January 2024 06:16 PM

    Why objecting? Those oppressive bills and being sarcastic to suppressed public will bring certain election defeat to UNP and SLPP and it’s would be nominee RW, so SJB can enjoy the iron fisted authority using them

    DID I READ CORRECTLY OR CONFUSED Monday, 29 January 2024 11:09 PM

    ThoughtI read earlier in this paper, Namal mentioned possibility of RW being their nominee, but seen a post shortly after that stating RW is running for Presidency, in a UNP post.

    Jamal Kudu Monday, 29 January 2024 06:26 PM

    Please crack more creative jokes, we love it.

    Nimal Monday, 29 January 2024 06:31 PM

    Looks like SJB is also secretly siding with RW and the Govt now to delay any election attempt.

    mk Monday, 29 January 2024 06:33 PM

    :D :D :D

    The SJB saying they will do illegal things then? Monday, 29 January 2024 06:48 PM

    SBJ wants to overthrow the government, and then as members of Parliament who then needs to overthrow them?

    Thuthiya Monday, 29 January 2024 06:52 PM

    What aragalaya !!! It should be Gongalaya.?????

    Tissa the not idiot Monday, 29 January 2024 06:56 PM

    SLPP/UNP have sold our culture to the IMF loan and Indian credit line high interest loan. Ranil and SLPP have limited time left, sooner they are chased away the quicker our country can recover.

    sam Monday, 29 January 2024 07:01 PM

    Those who defy laws are not suitable to form a govt.

    DISGUSTED Thursday, 01 February 2024 09:42 AM

    what about the crooks you did cripple the country in other ways, got the country into this mess it is in, while feathering their nest, families and their " you scratch my back, I'll scratch your" stooges?

    DOT Monday, 29 January 2024 07:07 PM

    You could if you would but you didn't !

    Sam Silva Monday, 29 January 2024 07:08 PM

    You don't have the guts or backbone to do anything. Right minded people will not support any aragalya because they are aware of the consequences from the last one.

    Heshan Monday, 29 January 2024 07:44 PM

    Just an SJB idiot talking. They seem to be hitting pamic stations for what ever reason. First they better a leader with an brain and a backbone. The current one did not have the balls to rise to the occassion when the nation needed a strong leader the most.

    Yohan Monday, 29 January 2024 07:50 PM

    That's all these idiots can do. Cause inconvinience to everyone else and scream theslves hoarse, while using using gullibale persons as pawns. Just want to create a commotion. Cleary they see the writing on the wall that their relavance is waning by the day.

    Palitha Monday, 29 January 2024 07:55 PM

    "Will defy all laws" ... speaks volumes for the SJB modus of operandi. How could such thugs expect to be elected by anyone other than common thugs?

    Ty Monday, 29 January 2024 07:58 PM

    Nothing but a lowly bunch of power hungry wolf pack who would sell their mothers to grab power.

    Mohan Monday, 29 January 2024 08:04 PM

    We saw on TV that Sajith got chased away from the protest site. Now, they are taking like they were the ones who did the aragalaya.

    True Grit Monday, 29 January 2024 08:07 PM

    Trying to grab power by riding on the backs of people.

    Ranjith Monday, 29 January 2024 08:11 PM

    Hook or by crook it's upto to people to rise against suppression by the government and win are rights which people have lost under this government.

    Tissa Fernando Monday, 29 January 2024 09:07 PM

    So , what is the real purpose of their Aragalaya by SJB? Just to grab power into their hands, that is all. Will they solve current economic problems? Definitely not. Will they stop corruption? No way, they have many corrupt members who are waiting to get the power to rob.

    DOT Monday, 29 January 2024 09:25 PM

    Make suer to wear proper uder wears ! Last Aragalaya, we observed your leader behaving in different manner !

    No Excuses if Nothing Done Tomorrow Monday, 29 January 2024 09:27 PM

    If nothing happens in the end

    Close Up Shop if it’s a Failure Tuesday, 30 January 2024 04:49 AM

    How to run a government if the protest is a failure? Ensure it’s done or pack up and go on to do charity work instead. Will receive more acknowledgment

    citizenbanda Monday, 29 January 2024 09:27 PM

    It will the start of New Era, if done properly with a great uncompromising policy platform. A potential hope to rescue the bankrupt nation.

    Patriot Monday, 29 January 2024 09:35 PM


    Jude Tuesday, 30 January 2024 12:11 AM

    No need of Aragalaya!! At the next election vote overwhelmingly NPP!! Only NPP can solve the economic hardship faced by many Lankans!!

    Tissa Fernando Tuesday, 30 January 2024 10:12 AM

    Are you sure, but how ? Do they have any plan? One thing is for sure, you won't be able to write any comments against their rule and if you do they will cut your hand.

    Pantha Kumaran Tuesday, 30 January 2024 12:35 AM

    Our country is going backwards. Thanks to our politicians. Ranil is a proxy of the Rajapakses. He can't do anything without the Rajapakses. So where do we go next. How could we improve our econmy. Ask Namal boy

    Bandu Tuesday, 30 January 2024 04:16 AM

    Hold peaceful protest. Don't disrupt business or people going to work. Country is bankrupt, don't want the people to suffer even more

    Waco Tuesday, 30 January 2024 04:43 AM

    Pin-President has no right to continue in the seat. He has no mandate. He was appointed as a night watchman.

    Cv Tuesday, 30 January 2024 05:56 PM

    Read the constitution first without blabbering like an idiot.

    Nimal Tuesday, 30 January 2024 06:12 AM

    Trues, he got out of the vehicle and realized it was not a good idea. Made a hasty exit.

    Grace Tuesday, 30 January 2024 06:22 AM

    SJB politicians are good actors. After next election they will have a lot of opportunities in the cinema field to play the role of comedians, drivers etc.

    SJB Barking Wednesday, 31 January 2024 11:04 AM

    I totally agree. Most don’t seem to understand

    Quincy Tuesday, 30 January 2024 06:51 AM

    Samagi Atheygahana Pakshaya.

    Jeanne Tuesday, 30 January 2024 01:41 PM

    @Jeewaratne hulle : Shut up about the white master already. Clearly we needed them judging by the idiotic masters we have today. Ruining this once beautiful country with their thieving, corruption and illegal deals.

    Jeanne Tuesday, 30 January 2024 01:51 PM

    Not in power yet but already promising violence!!! At least that's one election promise that they can keep!!!

    Rohini Wijetilleke Tuesday, 30 January 2024 07:36 PM

    It is time for planning . For Planning is everything not idle talk. Current leaders and those in the recent past have proved beyond reasonable doubt that they have no INTEGRITY.. Where there is no INTEGRITY there is nothing So act fast get those who care be in leadership situations.

    Abd Wednesday, 31 January 2024 07:11 AM

    We public repeatedly telling ,to come out with promises, which are closer to hearts of public especially floating voters, such as removing perks of parliamentarians,( may be difficult but people believe it’s unfair you people enjoying their tax money) promise to collect back money back from Central Bank scam,Rajapaksha plunder and uncollected bad debt of state bank borrowed by politicians, NPP has already given those and majority people starting to believe them, your competition is not with government but with NPP

    Ben Wednesday, 31 January 2024 12:05 PM

    Country don't need nother aragala .people are suffering politicians have a fantastic luxaury life styles country need to move forward accordingly this nation will suffer due to low stranded of politicial party's and politicians no team work no forward thinkers honest clever decent to put country on the right track sadly things will be like this many many years to come...if otherwise

    Volker Metzger Wednesday, 31 January 2024 02:49 PM

    Bandera's announcement that he will initiate a second Aragalaya in the next few days makes no sense at this point, neither in terms of electoral tactics nor politically!!! But on the contrary! The SJB should first work on its programmatic and personal internals and offer convincing solutions! The Ranil government and its SLPP supporters are digging their own grave through their failed, failed policies!!! The SJB should finally develop its own, forward-looking political concepts and present them to the people!!! But what should be the first priority after that is to name the man who will lead the country with strong leadership into the next few years!!! Premadasa, I have emphasized this several times, is not suitable for this!!! To put it in one sentence, he lacks all the necessary qualifications for this! To the SJB: finally make Sarath Fonseka your candidate and therefore the favorite of the presidential election campaign!!! With him you beat other candidates and win majorit

    Cheers Thursday, 01 February 2024 12:16 AM

    SJB consist of mums and tamils and buriyani aragala karuwo kick their ask security forces don't let the country suffer keeping quiet like last aragalaya action and chase them

    Nalini perera Thursday, 01 February 2024 07:41 PM

    Big time loosers ! they are not for the people only for themselves talking about unrealistic goals!Nothing new ???Left the whole protest area dirty and full of Gabage !CMC please send the cleaning up bill to the SJB office

    Haren Friday, 02 February 2024 11:42 AM

    The 2/3 maj are finally a disgrace to themselves other that insult others and bark to themselves. Finally had to get a proxy to cover their masters. Good luck. Keep your good works. Long live …….

    ANNECUNT Friday, 02 February 2024 02:33 PM


    Sam Friday, 02 February 2024 07:28 PM

    Destabilizing the economy that is being reviewed, seems to be the only goal here.

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