The 123-day-long protest in Sri Lanka finally ended
Last week, police gave protesters a deadline of August 5 to clear Galle Face. However, the protesters did not obey this instruction and took refuge in the court, claiming the demonstration as their right.
News Nation Bureau , Edited By : Nihar Saxena , Updated on: 10 Aug 2022, 08:14:27 PM
Galle Face space vacated. These were the protesters. (Photo Credit: News Nation)
- Anti-government protesters in Galle Face had been standing since April 9
- Decision to collectively end anti-government protests
Sri Lanka former president of Gotabaya Rajapaksa The anti-government protests that forced the U.S. to flee the country finally ended after 123 days. However, the protesters have reiterated that the campaign will continue till the system changes. With the end of the demonstration, the protesters evacuated the Galle Face Promenade area, where they had been standing since April 9 in thousands. show that the new president Ranil Wickremesinghe After the unlimited powers given to the security forces and police and warnings of making the violent demonstration as anti-national incidents, the number of protesters at the protest site was reduced to negligible. Perhaps for this reason the decision was taken not to continue the anti-government protests.
The campaign to change the system will continue
The decision to end the protest was taken collectively, according to Manoj Nanyakara, spokesperson of the group that prepared the protest. However, this does not mean that our struggle is over. According to a young Buddhist monk, our campaign will continue till the end of the emergency, new parliamentary elections and the end of the presidential system. According to Vidarshana Kannangra, another demonstrator involved in the demonstration, our campaign will continue till the system changes. Even though we have terminated our exposure on this site.
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The protesters had taken refuge in the court
Significantly, last week, the police had given a deadline till August 5 to the protesters to clear the Galle Face. However, the protesters did not obey this instruction and took refuge in the court, claiming the demonstration as their right. However, now that the protesters have left from Galle Face, they announced that the petitions filed in the court have also been withdrawn. Significantly, the call to protest on the streets was withdrawn only last month, when Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to Maldives and then to Singapore. Rajapaksa resigned from the presidency from Singapore itself.
First Published : 10 Aug 2022, 08:12:41 PM
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