Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara said yesterday that legal action will be taken against those who posed a threat of the spread of COVID-19 by staging a mass gathering in Kollupitiya defying health authorities’ public health safety guidelines.
The minister stated this when asked about the impact of the protest rally staged yesterday by the Opposition Samagi Janabala Peramuna. He said that people who attended this protest rally were potentially bringing this disease from their own geography and introduced it into the mass gathering.
“This has definitely posed a threat to the national pandemic control plans underway by the Health authorities,”Weerasekera said.
“Considering the current disposition of the COVID-19 epidemic in Sri Lanka, this can lead to an escalation of the pandemic,” he explained.
“We have videos of the event. We will take actions accordingly for this has put the public health at great risk and also our pandemic control strategies, so far been effective with at least 50 percent contact rate reduction or at least 40 percent isolation of the contact history of the infected population,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the organizers of the protest rally, the Opposition Samagi Janabalavegaya leaders yesterday said they staged the protest with the participation of at least 10,000 people, who came to Colombo to voice their antipathy to the government in support of them. SJB MP Ranjith Maddumababdara said they had to face obstructions during the process of organizing and staging the rally yesterday.
“We are definitely going to take action against the police for obstructing us. The police obstructed people travelling to the city. They stopped some buses at check points and turned them back. But the people came to show their opposition to the government,” he said.