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UNP condemns arrest of citizen for encouraging people to sound car horns

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The United National Party (UNP) is deeply concerned by the reports of the arrest of an individual allegedly involved in the recent honking of car horns at the vehicular convoy of a VIP.

According to media reports this individual was identified by police as the person responsible for organising this public demonstration. The UNP requests that the Government clearly explains what was the reason behind the arrest of this individual.

The police have reportedly reacted to a video that has gone viral on social media portraying motorists honking their horns at a passing VIP convoy.

While recognising that the security of visiting foreign dignitaries cannot be compromised, there appeared to have been no threat to the VIP or any fellow citizens. The police must confirm under what charges this individual has been arrested and whether or not any threat was posed to the VIP by these actions.

The UNP also reminds the Hon. Prime Minister of his comment in May 2019 stating that “the displeasure shown by the public against the closure of roads for VIP vehicular movements by unceasingly sounding the horn were a reaction to the Government’s policies.”
On that occasion the then UNP led Government did not resort to any form of legal action to quell public anger.

This arrest has demonstrated this Government’s insecurity and inability to tolerate any form of public opposition. We urge the authorities to ensure that the freedom of speech and freedom of expression is upheld.(Kelum Bandara)

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  • Milinda Friday, 30 April 2021 11:40 AM

    The UNP voice is not heard these days and no one will be bothered about what they have to say. A bankrupt political party with no representation in the Srilanka Parliament.

    Sandy Friday, 30 April 2021 11:40 AM

    Creating noise pollution and public nuisance is not freedom of expression

    Lion Friday, 30 April 2021 11:59 AM

    Why do you look at this protest negatively , if you have got caught to this traffic jam you too would have done the same. I don’t have any party ,but this is a menace which has to be stopped. Lawyers should appear free for the man who spearheaded this protest.

    Bone headed jokers Friday, 30 April 2021 02:48 PM

    no individual is above the society. stone age attitudes should change...

    Chris Friday, 30 April 2021 12:00 PM

    Booru police

    Mm Friday, 30 April 2021 12:03 PM

    The general public are simply fedup with this government! Only a debt burden left for our future generations!

    Ram Friday, 30 April 2021 12:30 PM

    The person will be harassed and at the end Police will say no charge

    Roshan samarathunga Friday, 30 April 2021 03:02 PM

    Freedom of expression freedom of speech freedom of leadership the most important part of the society. THE IMMORTAL LEADER (RW) who ruined his party his country still trying tobe on the show

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 30 April 2021 03:52 PM

    First they came for the Tamils, the Sinhalese laughed

    Demuni Uduwara Friday, 30 April 2021 05:58 PM

    According to the individual, he has not come across in the civilized country where he lived.

    dickie bird Friday, 30 April 2021 07:52 PM

    UNP idiots, COUNTRY FIRST


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