Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s protesters who ousted the country’s president and forced the cabinet to resign twice have vowed not to leave the agitation site near the presidential secretariat where they have been protesting for the past 117 days.
The protesters at the struggle or popularly know as Aragalaya in local language have been given second warning to vacate the Galle Face Green area by the Police on Thursday. The move also comes after a number of protesters were arrested under a number of charges, which rights groups cite as a crack down by the new President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
However, the protesters have submitted three written petitions to the Court of Appeal requesting to issue an interim order to prevent the implementation of the decision taken by the police to evacuate the people and Gota Go Gama (GGG), a place they established for them to stay until former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigns.
“We have been here for more than 4 months and out of nowhere we are asked to leave. So we aren’t happy. We will fight this legally,” Nuzly Hameem, a key protest leader told EconomyNext.
The first notice had been verbally announced by the area police on Wednesday via a megaphone stating that protesters who have been “illegally” occupying Sri Lanka’s Galle Face Green and adjacent premises are given time till 5.00 pm on Friday, August 05 to vacate the area”.
“Everyone at GGG has come to a collective note that we will not be leaving. We don’t need Ranil Wickremesinghe to tell us when and where to protest. This is the people’s protest,” Shantha Wijeysuriya, another protest leader told EconomyNext referring to President Wickremesinghe’s request in his policy statement he made on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka is under a State of Emergency which was endorsed for 30 days by the majority of the Parliament on July 27.
The State of Emergency gives wide powers to the police and military to deal with people when they feel there is a threat to the state or national security. (Colombo/Aug 04/2022)