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Monday, 03 June 2019 - 7:57
State Minister Wasantha Senanayake also joins in support of Venerable Rathana Thera engaged in the fast, Shops in Kandy town also closed
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MP Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero’s fast unto death based on 4 demands including the removal of Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, Governors Asad Sali and M.L.A.M Hizbullah from their posts continues for the 4th day.

Our area correspondent noted that owing to his deteriorating health, doctors had visited the thero last night as well.

In addition, state minister of foreign affairs, Wasantha Senananyake also visited venerable Athuraliye Rathana thero last evening expressing his support.

Correspondents also noted that the Maha Sangha, politicians and members of civil society as well as area residents have been paying courtesy calls to the temple of the sacred tooth relic where the fast is been carried out.

Meanwhile, the Kandy Sinhala trade front has decided to shut down all shops in the area in support of the fast initiated by Rathana thero.

Accordingly, all shops have been closed, and black flags have been hoisted from this morning onwards in the area.

Further, all shops in the Dambulla economic center have decided to close down for a period of two hours from 3  to 5pm in support of the Rathana thero’s fast.

The chairman of the Dambulla economic center Shantha Ekanayake noted that a protest will also be staged in front of the center, demanding an immediate solution for the requests of Rathana thero.

Meanwhile, a protest has been staged by the Sangha and area residents of Weligama in support of Rathana thero this morning.

A group of monks also entered a hunger strike last night, in front of the Aluthgama bus station in support of Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero.

Meanwhile, the All Island Private Bus Employees Association says that private buses commencing its journey from Aluthgama will be on strike, in support of the hunger strike initiated by Venerable Athuraliye Rathana thero.

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