Tense situation in Colombo as Government and opposition hold protests.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 - 19:12

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Two protests took place in Colombo today with one demanding the abolishing of the increased electricity tariffs and one in support of the government.

 

The foot procession with the participation of the Sri Lanka Independent Employees Association and the trade unions supporting the government began at the Lake House roundabout and was planned to conclude at Maradana

 

However, the procession concluded near the Fort railway station.

 

Our correspondent reported that Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena, Kumara Welgama and Vijith Wijayamuni Soyza took part in this foot procession.

 

Minister of Wildlife Resource Conservation Vijith Wijayamuni Soyza expressed the following views during the protest.

 

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Commenting on the proposed token strike on the 21st of May organized by the Opposition including the JVP, Minister Dinesh Gunawardana had this to say.

 

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The protest march organized by the Movement Against the increase of the Electricity Tariffs arrived later at the Fort Railway Station.

 

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka and leaders of several opposition parties had joined the march.

 

Addressing the gathering, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the fight will continue until the increased tariffs are reverted.

 

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Meanwhile JVP member of the North Central Provincial Council Wasantha Samarasinghe said that the proposed token strike on the 21st of May is confirmed unless the government slipped back the increased electricity tariffs.

 

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Meanwhile the two protest marches created traffic congestions on several city roads this evening causing much inconvenience to office workers and school children.

 



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