Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s Attorney General has pledged to the Court of Appeal that the unauthorised structures at the GotaGoGama protest site in Colombo will not be removed until August 10 outside existing legal provisions, a lawyer said.
Protestors gathered at the site were seen celebrating the news Friday August 05 afternoon.
#SriLanka’s #aragalaya protestors have received information from the Court of Appeal, thus allowing the protestors to continue #OccupyGalleFace until August 10 2022. @GotaGoGamaMedia #GotaGoGama pic.twitter.com/wesk7RiZXR
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The protestors were ordered by the Colombo Fort police to clear all illegal structures at the GotaGoGama (Gota Go Village) outside the presidential secretariat by 5pm Friday.
In a public service announcement broadcast at Galle Face Wednesday August 03 evening, the Fort Police in Colombo announced the decision, noting that all illegal structures and makeshift cultivation sites on land belonging to the government or to the Urban Development Authority (UDA) must be removed before the Friday deadline.
Sri Lanka’s Galle Face protestors ordered to vacate site by August 05
Sri Lanka’s protestors have been camping out by the Presidential Secretariat near Galle Face since April, demanding the resignation of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The Occupy-Wall Street style protest site saw Sri Lankans of various social, political, economic and ideological backgrounds come together to agitate against Rajapaksa and his government over what has become the country’s worst economic crisis since Independence.
However, Sri Lanka’s new President Ranil Wickremasinghe and others in the government say the protest movement, which was organic at the start, has now been hijacked by subversive or anarchic elements looking to destabilise the country. (Colombo/Aug05/2022)