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The protesters at the Galle Face Green today said that they will continue with their protest until the newly-elected president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, resigns.

Addressing the media, they said the new president must resign immediately.

"A large number of people were gathered demanding the removal of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the first key demand. Our second key demand is that Ranil Wickremesinghe should resign," they said.

"Now Mr. Wickremesinghe was elected as the president today." But we know how people came to the streets to continue this struggle against the Rajapaksa regime and Ranil Wickremesinghe. We understand that the parliament today took a decision against the people's will.  People in the country wanted an adjusted, democratic system. "We know Mr. Wickremesinghe was brought by the Rajapaksa regime to cover their total system," the protesters said.

Therefore, as protesters engaged in a genuine struggle and as a non-violent protest movement, we want to say that a peaceful protest will go on against the current president and against the current system, they said.

Therefore, the people are concerned that Mr. Wickremesinghe should resign, the protesters added.  (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

 

 


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  • DHA Wednesday, 20 July 2022 05:18 PM

    I think it's time these guys are chased away from Galle Face...it's time we supported the new president to stabilise the country

    TJ Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:31 PM

    lol Rajapaksa paid 200m per candidate to support Ranil... so that they can come back later...

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 20 July 2022 05:19 PM

    What is the agenda of these people ? Is it to give the country to TNA?

    James Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:16 PM

    Yes that would be great

    TONI Wednesday, 20 July 2022 05:19 PM

    ARAGALAYATA JAYAWEWA!!! WE DO NOT WANT RAJAPAKSAS OR THEIR HENCHMEN IN POLITICS

    Mizaru Wednesday, 20 July 2022 05:29 PM

    Aragalayata Jayawewa!

    Ala Menda Wednesday, 20 July 2022 05:45 PM

    Aragalaya youth must now give up. You did your job beyond this you cannot be violating democractic framework. Remember if GR appointing RW as PM was wrong, then today it was a totally new legal process from which RW got selected. So now it must be respected for the sake of the country. You can now go home victorious as you did a marvelous favour for the country in removing the R family that controlled 80% of the Expense Budgets.

    Shelly Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:03 PM

    I agree the protest must go on asking Ranil to resign, he too is part of the Rajapakse regime.How could he loose all the poutu members voted for him as they too are courepted.

    Malini Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:11 PM

    Ranil was selected thru usual constitutional formality practising a pre set expensive process. IMF or other big countries won't question undemocracy as long as this selection comply with their ordres. People cannot trust this selection and their planning anymore when the whole bunch who are mainly responsible for bankruptcy still hang on to cover all thefts and illegal acts.

    Babs Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:26 PM

    R for Ranil R for Rajapaksa. Corrupt politicians elected a corrupt government all over again , not the people !

    Sam Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:28 PM

    Time to move. Tourists are not coming because of your protests and not who the president is.

    Ranjit Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:32 PM

    #Tissa, SL is still backward because people like you spreading the communal slogans. In fact people like you are dividing the country

    Ganeshan Ramanathan Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:33 PM

    Tissa Fernando, why do you want to drag TNA in to this and make a racist comment?, you people only voted for all the rogues and send them to the parliament and now you dum idiots and making a big fuss. There is nothing unconstitutional in what happened today in the parliament.,

    Ranjan Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:34 PM

    RajapKshas are still there controlling their puppet Ranil

    Max Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:43 PM

    The new president could start serve the nation by chasing away these good for nothing bunch who have no vote power in last elections.

    Priyantha77 Wednesday, 20 July 2022 07:44 PM

    Aragalaya people has to obey parliament system

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:00 PM

    Now it is time for the authorities to crack them down. These guys are working for the diaspora and cardinal wishes. These guys do not represent the public at large. They are having a different agenda and they are using the energy crisis and high cost of living as escape goats.

    Amaran Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:01 PM

    @Ala Menda - very good comment.

    Vajira Jayawardena Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:03 PM

    They should respect the democratic framework. Country does not have enough funds to conduct an election. Stability is required. IMF help is required. Tourism needs to be improves. No country can continue with Aragala everyday. However, general election needs to be conducted as early as possible.

    Sam Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:11 PM

    Now enough, You go home.

    Walter Salinger Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:14 PM

    Dear all, I think it is enough now. You have reached by far more and now it is time to let them work and do their job. This will not be done within a short time, so be patient and if ever in the future you see that they failed then go out again. Try to work with RW giving him proposals instead of chasing him out. You can't go betont constitution.

    Rosh Dia Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:15 PM

    It really now ought to be #Aragalaya Go Home

    BCM Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:28 PM

    It is the time to give up petty protests and politics on streets and takebthe country forward please. The aragalaya in the most prominent business district is a stigma to investment and tourism too. Please disband and move on to support our country in its economic recovery.

    Preshi Rem Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:36 PM

    Freedom of speech is a fundamental right! It is NOT a violation of democratic framework. What is being violated is the people’s wish. Any MP who knew people’s wish will not vote for Ranil as president

    Preshi Rem Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:38 PM

    New president? Who never got elected by the people?! You must be joking! 35000 or if you want to really stretch it 250000 voted for Ranil. Out of 22million. Please tell me how he becomes the president of the people.

    Anuruddhika Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:57 PM

    These guys dont have an idea of what they are doing, must take stern action against them

    Jasmine Wednesday, 20 July 2022 09:00 PM

    All these years society passively watched the country disintegrating under the hands of elected charlatans. At last at least the youth have woken up. Who wants the country to go back to sleep till the last grain of sand is sold?

    Chris Wednesday, 20 July 2022 09:44 PM

    Time to chase these useless roadies away

    Aram Wednesday, 20 July 2022 09:50 PM

    Ranil will try his best to removed Aragalaya from Galle face and sometimes, order Security people shooting ,but to the surprise, security forces will not shoot,becoz they are aware of the situation

    Wincent Wednesday, 20 July 2022 10:09 PM

    I think now it's time to pave way for the elected new president to stabilise the economy. People should be supplied with basic necessities soon. We should seek international assistance, tourism, foreign employment, import and export and attract more investors by easing the regulations too. Entire citizens should support our leader and give him the opportunity to serve please.

    Tissa Fernando Thursday, 21 July 2022 05:24 AM

    Instead focus on removing Mahinda, Namal, and Chamal PERMANENTLY from parliament.

    Waco Thursday, 21 July 2022 05:45 AM

    New President has been elected by a gang of looters in the parliament. Therefore it is nothing but fair to go for a General Election soon to remove the looters from the parliament.

    Simon Thursday, 21 July 2022 06:17 AM

    Bugger the Aragalaya

    Kalay Kalendran Thursday, 21 July 2022 06:17 AM

    Like Tissa said I will say let the TNA run. I am 100% sure they will do a better job than all these criminals who ran this country for last 70 years,

    mp Thursday, 21 July 2022 06:25 AM

    These buffaloes should be chased away.

    Anne Karunaratne Thursday, 21 July 2022 08:56 AM

    These aragalaya rascals have now lost their minds! It is time to chase these buggers so the country can go forward at least now. Don't publish news about them or what they say, they just want to be highlighted, that's all!

    Graham De Silva Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:04 AM

    I too think this is enough. Aragalaya achieved its goal by putting away the Rajapaksas. Aragalaya cannot be staging protests for every president that comes. Now lay off and come back if nothing changes take place withen the next 6 months.

    Malik Amit Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:39 AM

    Every struggle by the people begins by the people saying enough is enough. The aragalaya started in the same vein. It has succeeded by educating the masses to the real dangers of dynastic politics. Having Ranil as president who has already publicly stated that he wants to work with MR will only pave the way for the clan to remain in politics in Sri Lanka without accountability. This cannot be right. The people's struggle would have been in vain. Do not give up for the sake of the next generation.

    Man Thursday, 21 July 2022 11:00 AM

    Yes of course. Aragalaya must be continued as Ranil was a lost a candidate, last time and no natural justice, prevail in Sri Lanka.


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