Sri Lanka court rejects police request to prevent protest amid massive agitation plan | Sinhala News

Sri lanka News – A Sri Lankan court on Thursday denied a request by the police to prevent protesters gathering near President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s official residence in Colombo, ahead of a major anti-government protest planned for Saturday demanding the president to resign.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate rejected the request by the police.

“The police had requested the court order because they received intelligence reports that the people will be gathering near the Fort police area and there may be some violence,” police Spokesman Nihal Thalduwa told Economy Next.

Fort police station is located within 500 meter perimeter of the president’s official residence.

Thalduwa said he was unaware why the court denied the request.

However, he said there is a law already in place for the police to handle any kind of protest and if any violence takes place the police will act according to the existing law.

Thousands of Sri Lankans have planned a mass protest on Saturday (09) in the commercial capital of Colombo demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa amid a worsening economic crisis.

Opposition parties say people are frustrated over the government’s inaction to ensure supply of essentials including fuel, cooking gas, and kerosene. (Colombo/July 07/2022)

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