Mar 15, Colombo: The massive protest organized by Sri Lanka’s Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) against the government held in capital Colombo this afternoon (15) drew massive crowds from various parts of the country.
The rally following the march was led by the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa opposite the Presidential Secretariat under the theme “The country ruined – enough tolerating’ to protest the unbearable cost of living, the shortage of fertilizers in the country, the fuel and gas crisis and the pressures faced by the people including power cuts.
The protest march, which kicked off near the Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo this afternoon, was attended by a large number of people including farmers, fishermen, public servants, trade union representatives, civil society representatives and political party activists. A similar crowd stood on both sides of the road to encourage the protesters.
The protesters displaying placards and chanting slogans gathered around the Library roundabout at around 2 pm and marched to Presidential Secretariat. Another protest march reached the Presidential Secretariat from the P.D. Sirisena Ground in Maligawatte via Panchikawatte, Maradana and Lotus Road.
The road opposite the Presidential Secretariat at Galle Face was completely blocked and traffic on the surrounding roads was completely paralyzed by the protest march.
The protesters wore black bands saying “Gota Go Home” and carried several coffins displaying “economy of the man with seven brains” wreaths, empty plates, effigies of the President, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance, gas tanks, rice bags, etc.