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21A must be passed with positive changes, say Multi-disciplinary group of leading professionals

COLOMBO (News 1st); A group of concerned professionals consisting largely of legal and medical practitioners under the banner of “Direction Sri Lanka – Independent Professionals for the Nation” have called the 21st Amendment to the Constitution must be passed with positive changes.Direction Sri Lanka proposes the following changes:a) The President to resign forthwith in response to the demands of the People. This is the primary demand of the people.

The President has publicly admitted his failure and culpability in bringing about this crisis and must resign forthwith.b) A Successor President be elected.c) The Prime Minister to resign forthwith after the election of the Successor President.d) A Caretaker / Interim National Government to be immediately formed comprising a new Prime Minister and a Cabinet limited to 18 essential portfolios along with an equal number of Deputy Ministers, representing all political parties. The Caretaker / Interim National Government shall function for a maximum period of one year.

Although the Former Prime Minister, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was forced to resign after the events of 9th May 2022, the subsequent appointment of Mr.

Ranil Wickremesinghe was not the expected tangible change in the status quo (through an all-party government) which was called for by the people. In this respect, the main Opposition Party, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya is remiss in not having accepted the invitation made by the President to take the leadership in forming an All-Party Government, which can also be attributed as a cause for the continuously deteriorating country situation.The persons holding portfolios in the Caretaker / Interim Cabinet should have adequate and appropriate educational qualifications and

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COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police said that 2,528 people were arrested so far with regard to the 9th May Black Monday violence that broke out in Colombo.During the past 24 hours, a total of 49 people were arrested and produced in court.39 of them were granted bail, and 12 others have been remanded, said Sri Lanka Police, adding that a total of 856 acts of violence were reported so far.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents, and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army, and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island-wide curfew to control the unrest.Following investigations, the MPs and several other local government members were arrested for their involvement in the attacks on the protest sites.
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Attorney General told the Fort Magistrate’s Court that Ex-Minister Johnston Fernando will be named as a suspect in the case filed over the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites in Colombo on the 9th of May.The Fort Magistrate’s Court on 12th May 2022 also issued a travel ban on MP Johnston Fernando, along with Ex-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, MP Namal Rajapaksa, and 14 others.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents, and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army, and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island-wide curfew to control the unrest.Following investigations, MPs and several other local government members were arrested for their involvement in the attacks on the protest sites.
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Detectives attached to Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigations Department recorded a statement from Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.A statement was recorded from him over the attacks on the MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama peaceful protest sites on the 9th of May 2022.A Senior Police Officer said that the detectives visited the location where the Former Prime Minister is currently staying, and recorded the statement.On Wednesday (25) Six people including Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarians Sanath Nishantha, and Milan Jayathilake who were arrested for attacking the #GotaGoGama and #MynaGoGama peaceful protests in Colombo on the 9th of May, were remanded until the 1st of June 2022.When the suspects were escorted to the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court under armed guard, protestors had also gathered in the vicinity, demanding justice for the victims of the attacks.Two men and another woman who were produced in an identification parade, but were not positively identified were granted bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.Further, the Magistrate ordered the Inspector General of Police to provide reasons for not implementing the instructions given by the Attorney General to transfer Senior DIG in-charge of the Western Province Deshabandu Thennakoon.Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena, who appeared before the court, said that the Attorney General had written to the IGP on the 23rd to transfer the senior DIG.She also said that the IGP had received intelligence on the 8th of May regarding a pro-government march from Temple Trees to the President’s House.The Additional Solicitor General said that the IGP had instructed Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon in writing to take appropriate action as there
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CID obtaining statements from IGP, STF
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Criminal Investigations Division is currently recording statements from the Inspector General of Police and the Commandant of the STF over the incidents which took place on 09th May, at Galle Face and Colpetty.In addition, statements are also being recorded from the DIG in charge of the Police Special Branch.On Friday (20) detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department are recorded a statement from MP Namal Rajapaksa, the son of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, for several hours.This is with regard to the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites on the 9th of April 2022.So far, SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake, Sanath Nishantha, Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Kelaniya PS Chairman Manjula Prasanna, Karandeniya PS Member Sameera Chathuranga, Seethawaka PS Member Jayantha Rohana, Bandula Jayawanne, and Dineth Geethika have been arrested an remanded, in addition to the Former Provincial Council Memeber Amal Silva, and a Moratuwa Municipal worker over attacks on GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents, and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri
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9-hour statement from Deshabandu to CID; MPs Sanath Nishantha & Milan Jayathilake to be produced in court
COLOMBO (News 1st); Senior DIG Deshabandu Thennakoon provided a 9-hour long stateemnt to the detectives of the Criminal Investigations Department on Tuesday (17) with regard to the incidents that took place at MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama on the 9th of May.Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarians Sanath Nishantha and Milan Jayathilake who were arrested by the CID on Tuesday (17) will be produced to court on Wednesday (18), said Sri Lanka Police.Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Monday (16) directed the Inspector General of Police, and the Senior DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest and produce in court 22 people including Ex-Ministers, and Members of Parliament who are linked to the attack on the MynaGogama & GotaGoGama peaceful protest sites.As a result of the investigations, detectives arrested SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake and Sanath Nishantha on Tuesday (17).Detectives will be recording statements from seven Parliamentarians on Wednesday (18) with regard to the attacks on peaceful protests at the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama protest sites on the 9th of May 2022.Police Spokesperson Attorney-at-Law SSP Nihal Thalduwa speaking to News 1st said the statements will be recorded at the Parliament complex.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the
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Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal, Kelaniya PS Chairman, & Dan Priyasad arrested over GotaGoGama & MynaGoGama attacks
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Mahinda Rajapaksa - Temple Trees - Johnston Fernando - Police arrest Ex-politico & municipal worker over attacks on MynaGoGama & GotaGoGama - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Police arrest Ex-politico & municipal worker over attacks on MynaGoGama & GotaGoGama
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police arrested Former Provincial Councilor Amal Silva and an employee attached to the Moratuwa Municipal Council over the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama protest sites.Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Monday (16) directed the Inspector General of Police, and the Senior DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest and produce in court 22 people including Ex-Ministers, and Members of Parliament who are linked to the attack on the MynaGogama & GotaGoGama peaceful protest sites.Ex-Minister Johnston Fernando, Ex-State Minister Sanath Nishantha, MPs Sanjeewa Edirimanne, Milan Jayathilake, Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Colombo Municipal Councilor Mahinda Kahandagamage, Dan Priyasad are among those named by the Attorney General.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents, and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army, and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island-wide curfew to control the unrest. 
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Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assumes duties
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe who returned to the political sphere as Prime Minister for the sixth time, assumed duties on Friday (13).Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in on Thursday (12) as the island nation faces political and economic crises.The appointment was made days after Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, vacated the position after violence was triggered by attacks on peaceful protests by pro-government supporters.Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on five occasions before.He was first appointed as PM from 1993 – 1994 after the assassination of President Ranasinghe Premadasa.Subsequently, from 2001 to 2004 he was elected as the Prime Minister to lead the United National Front Government during the presidency of President Chandrika Bandaranayake.In January 2015, he was appointed as the Prime Minister of the coalition government on the election of President Maithripala Sirisena.His appointment was sanctioned by the Sri Lankan people at the general election of August 2015.Once again, in December 2018, then-President Sirisena was compelled to appoint him as PM after having dismissed him in October 2018.In November 2019, after the defeat of the UNP presidential candidate, he resigned from his position of Prime Minister.Newly-appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the GotaGoGama struggle must continue, and he will not intervene with the struggle.“Police would not do anything to them, and the struggle must continue,” said the Prime Minister during his visit to the Walukaramaya Raja Maha Viharaya in Colombo after taking oaths as the Prime Minister.He said he will show majority from both sides in parliament.
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Leader of the National Freedom Front Wimal Weerawansa said that the Independent Parliamentarians have no faith that the appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe to the post of Prime Minister will bring about stability.“Ranil Wickremesinghe is also responsible for this crisis. During his 4 year administration USD 12 Bn worth of loans were obtained at premium interest rates,” he added.If then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down weeks ago, he would not be forced to go into hiding, said Wimal Weerawansa, the Leader of the National Freedom Front.“Had he stepped down before, his loyalists would not have been victims of violence,’ he said adding that individuals like Johnston Fernando, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Sanath Nishantha did not allow Rajapaksa to step down in a peaceful manner.“We called for him to step down, because we knew that this situation would occur,” he noting that, the former Prime Minister did not understand their concerns.He went on to note that PM Rajapaksa refused to step down and the crisis continued, leading to a the most horrible decision that they could make, which was to amass crowds at Temple Trees and incite them to attack peaceful protestors in Galle Face.Weerawansa said the Independent Parliamentarians held discussions with almost all political parties to form a new interim government, however unfortunately, none of those parties responded in the positive.
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Leader of the National People’s Power Anura Kumara Dissanayake has stressed the need for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign, and thereafter an interim government can be formed for a period of six months.He further said that the NPP is ready to take control of the Interim Government that will be formed, adding that the support of other parties is required, and if that does not happen the NPP would function in the opposition.Anura Kumara Dissanayake said authorities must arrest the Temple Trees conspirators who created the violence in the country, and produce them before the law.“It is clear that Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ministers, MPs, Pradeshiya Sabha members, and others used state power to plan the violence,” he said calling on authorities to arrest them and produce them in court.Further, he called on the law enforcement agencies, including the IGP and the Police, to take action to maintain the law and the peace in the country.Dissanayake said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must immediately step down as his ‘solutions’ to the issues have not led to any form of stability in the country.He also called on the Speaker to function as the Acting President, given that Sri Lanka does not have a Prime Minister.He said the Government and Parliament do not represent the public mandate, and since there is no public trust on the government, a new government must be formed.Dissanayake speaking to the media said the NPP is prepared to take control of the interim government, until an election is called for to establish a new government.
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Large group of people have set up a check point on the road leading to the Katunayake Airport.According to reports from the ground, they are trying to prevent ruling faction loyalists from fleeing the country.Tensions boiled over, after peaceful protests in Colombo were attacked by pro-government loyalists, that eventually forced the Prime Minister to condemn the violence and also step down.The Criminal Investigations Department has been tasked to conduct an investigation on the attack on peaceful protestors at GotaGoGama protest site in Galle Face, said Police Headquarters on Tuesday (10).7 people have died and 231 people were injured in yesterday’s (9) clashes.A normal Monday morning turned in to a scene of chaos, after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by Ex-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, where he announced he is willing to make any sacrifice for the people.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island wide curfew to control the unrest.On Friday, the Sri Lankan President after a special cabinet meeting declared a state of emergency.
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HR commission summons IGP & Army Chief
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Human Right Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) said that the IGP and Army Commander have been summoned to the HR Commission on the 12th of May to explain why they failed to maintain the rule for the incidents that took place on Monday (9).A normal Monday morning turned in to a scene of chaos, after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by Ex-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, where he announced he is willing to make any sacrifice for the people.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island wide curfew to control the unrest.On Friday, the Sri Lankan President after a special cabinet meeting declared a state of emergency. This is the second time that an emergency was declared in Sri Lanka in the span of over a month.The island nation faces its worst economic crisis, since its independence.
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Sri Lanka : 130 people hospitalized following violence in Colombo
COLOMBO (News 1st); 130 people injured & hospitalized following the tense situation between pro-government and peaceful protestors at MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama protest sites.A normal Monday morning turned in to a scene of chaos, after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, where he announced he is willing to make any sacrifice for the people.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island wide curfew to control the unrest.Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne earnestly requests the general public to support the tri forces and remain calm and exercise restraint.In a statement, the Defence Ministry said that the tri forces personnel have been called up to assist the police to contain the present situation at the Galle Face and adjacent areas in order to maintain security and ensure public safety.
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BREAKING: CID to conduct investigation on #GotaGoGama attack
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Criminal Investigations Department has been tasked to conduct an investigation on the attack on peaceful protestors at GotaGoGama protest site in Galle Face, said Police Headquarters on Tuesday (10).7 people have died and 231 people were injured in yesterday’s (9) clashes.A normal Monday morning turned in to a scene of chaos, after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by Ex-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, where he announced he is willing to make any sacrifice for the people.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island wide curfew to control the unrest.On Friday, the Sri Lankan President after a special cabinet meeting declared a state of emergency. This is the second time that an emergency was declared in Sri Lanka in the span of over a month.The island nation faces its worst economic crisis, since its independence.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Mahinda Rajapaksa - Temple Trees - Sri Lanka : Prime Minister sends letter of resignation to President - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka : Prime Minister sends letter of resignation to President
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sent his letter of resignation to the President on Monday (9) after violent scenes were witnessed in Colombo, especially near the two main peaceful protest sites against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the premier.Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his letter said that he is stepping down to pave way for the All-Party Interim Government to be formed.A normal Monday morning turned in to a scene of chaos, after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, where he announced he is willing to make any sacrifice for the people.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island wide curfew to control the unrest.
Mahinda Rajapaksa - Temple Trees - BASL assures legal action against those who incited violence; Urged public to remain calm - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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BASL assures legal action against those who incited violence; Urged public to remain calm
COLOMBO (News 1st);The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has urged the general public to exercise calm following Monday’s (9) violence.President’s Counsel Saliya Pieris, the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka speaking exclusively to News 1st said the BASL will institute legal action against the perpetrators who incited violence.He said the BASL vehemently condemns the violence, and also appealed the public not to attack or harass any person, or even cause damage to any form of property.A normal Monday morning turned in to a scene of chaos, after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by Ex-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, where he announced he is willing to make any sacrifice for the people.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island wide curfew to control the unrest.On Friday, the Sri Lankan President after a special cabinet meeting declared a state of emergency. This is the second time that an emergency was declared in Sri Lanka in the span of over a month.The island nation faces its worst economic crisis, since its independence.
Sri Lankans - Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Mahinda Rajapaksa - Protestors hang ‘underwear’ in protest against Sri Lankan Govt. - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Protestors hang ‘underwear’ in protest against Sri Lankan Govt.
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan protestors opposite the Parliament complex have placed undergarments on the barricades that were set up by Sri Lanka Police to prevent them from moving forward.A large number of underwear were seen placed on the yellow barricades and also the GI pipe barricades set up by Sri Lankan authorities.The world’s most creative people’s protests continued in Sri Lanka, with student protestors tear-gassed and chased away by police, stayed on and within hours, set us a township they called ‘Horu-Go-Gama’.Sri Lankans led by the Inter-University Students Federation, commonly known as Anthare’, set up a protest camp along the road leading to the parliament, and this camp is now known as ‘HoruGoGama’.This protest camp is the latest site set up against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and their government.The protestors are demanding that the President, Prime Minister, and their government resign immediately and that the Rajapaksa family return the money they looted from the people over the years.They blame the government for the mismanagement of the economy, which has sent prices of goods skyrocketing and the country’s reserves plummeting to levels reaching a record low.The Inter-University Students Federation, the largest student body in Sri Lanka marched from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura to the Parliament Road on Thursday (5) evening and was confronted by a large police force that fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.However, as word spread of the tear gas attack, more youth joined with the IUSF and decided to occupy the road leading to Parliament and voice their protest.However, all roads leading to Parliament were already closed by Police using GI Pipes and
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Latest township ‘HoruGoGama’ set up near Parliament
COLOMBO (News 1st); The world’s most creative people’s protests continued in Sri Lanka today, with student protestors tear-gassed and chased away by police, stayed on and within hours, set us a township they called ‘Horu-Go-Gama’.Sri Lankans led by the Inter-University Students Federation, commonly known as Anthare’, set up a protest camp along the road leading to the parliament, and this camp is now known as ‘HoruGoGama’.This protest camp is the latest site set up against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and their government.The protestors are demanding that the President, Prime Minister, and their government resign immediately and that the Rajapaksa family return the money they looted from the people over the years.They blame the government for the mismanagement of the economy, which has sent prices of goods skyrocketing and the country’s reserves plummeting to levels reaching a record low.The Inter-University Students Federation, the largest student body in Sri Lanka marched from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura to the Parliament Road on Thursday (5) evening and was confronted by a large police force that fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.However, as word spread of the tear gas attack, more youth joined with the IUSF and decided to occupy the road leading to Parliament and voice their protest.However, all roads leading to Parliament were already closed by Police using GI Pipes and Barricades.According to News 1st’s Vindana Prasad Karunarantne who has been covering these protests since day one, the HoruGoGama protest camp received a large number of water bottles and food packs within hours of the Tear Gas attack by police, as more Sri Lankans extended their support to the IUSF.The
Sri Lankans - Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Mahinda Rajapaksa - CPA Poll: 96% Sri Lankans want all Politicians Audited - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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CPA Poll: 96% Sri Lankans want all Politicians Audited
COLOMBO (News 1st); 96.2% of Sri Lankans believe that all politicians should be audited and all their unaccounted wealth should be confiscated by the state, a recent poll has found.According to this poll by the Center for Policy Alternatives, nine out of ten Sri Lankans hold the opinion that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa should resign, and that the Rajapaksa family should leave Sri Lankan politics, with 87% supporting the demand that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa should also resign.Nearly 75% believe the Executive Presidency should be abolished with more than half the country (55%) wanting all 225 MPs to resign.The poll also shows that 88% of Sri Lankans have either been a queue or had a family member stand in queues for essential items such as gas, fuel, milk powder, and fertilizer over the past one month.According to the Confidence in Democratic Governance Index prepared by the Center for Policy Alternatives 90% of Sri Lankans have had their income or their family’s income affected as a result of the current economic crisis, with 58% believing that the return of the nations economy to normalcy will take a long time.Only 2% of those polled believed Sri Lanka’s economic woes could be attributed to the current world economic situation, with 90% attributing the crisis to political reasons.The Index (Wave 2) was carried out using a semi-structured questionnaire with 1200 sample respondents from the four main ethnic communities.The sample distribution captured men and women from both urban and rural localities in all districts, said the CPA.A multi-staged random stratified sampling technique was used to select the sample locations, and therespondents were selected using the snowball sampling technique within sample
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Fast-unto-death by monk at Occupy Galle Face; Protestors observe silence for fellow Sri Lankan killed in Police fire
COLOMBO (News 1st); Venerable Theripaha Siridhamma Thero who championed the movement demanding cleaning drinking water for the people of Rathupaswala in 2013, commenced a fast unto death opposite the President’s Office in Colombo.The Occupy Galle Face protest site which saw thousands converge on the iconic Galle Face stretch since the 9th of April became the site for a fast unto death after Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities opened fire at protestors in Rambukkana on Tuesday (19), killing one person and injuring over a dozen.On Tuesday (19) night, the horns at Occupy Galle Face went silent and protestors observed silence and lit candles in memory of their fellow Sri Lanka who was killed in police fire in Rambukkana for demanding solutions to the crises in the country that have affected people from all walks of life.Rambukkana, is a town located in the Kegalle District, in the Sabaragamuwa Province in Sri Lanka, and is a short drive away from the world-famous Pinnala Elephant Orphanage.Venerable Theripaha Siridhamma Thero who commenced the fast unto death demanded the immediate resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and vowed to continue his fast unto death until they resign.At the same time, Weightlifter Prasanna Peiris who commenced a 24-hour satyagraha (fast) handed over the baton to Venerable Rajanganaye Saddharatana Thero, who will continue a 24-hour satyagraha.The Venerable Thero urged the Police and the Security Forces to refrain from protecting the rouges.
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