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SJB holds anti-govt walk to Fort

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A coffin was set on fire in front of the Presidential Secretariat by the SJB supporters. Picture by Sulochana Gamage

The Samagi Janabalawegaya (SJB) took to the streets of Colombo yesterday and staged what they named as a ‘Rata Vinasai’ demonstration urging the government to resign.

SJB MP and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa clad in a traditional UNP green mandarin collar shirt, Harin Fernando wearing what looked like a Mango Tango watersports jacket, Champika Ranawaka clad in a sophisticated deep saffron long sleeve

Indian kurta, Party Treasurer and MP Harsha De Silva and former Presidential candidate Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and other MPs of Samagi Janabalavegaya, participated in the ‘Rata Vinasai’ foot- walk demonstration.

They resembled a new ‘Gangnam Style’ at protest marches to have been held in Colombo and shouted slogans of “Gota go Home” while making political speeches on megaphones.

Some protestors marched to the ground near Presidential Secretariat and demanded that the present government surrender it to Sajith Premadasa.

Premadasa addressing the protestors said that the people are not in need for an administration, but instead a service.

He said that those in fuel lines do not have to wait in them under a government headed by him.

He told the public that there was a Middle Eastern country already pledging to supply fuel to a SJB government with petrol and diesel on a continuous basis for two years without charging until the end of that two years. However, Premadasa did not specify the name of that country or the conditions under which it agreed to deliver fuel to Sri Lanka.

MP Sarath Fonseka told the media that the protestors had already encircled the city of Colombo, and that their protest march will continue until the government resigns and hands over power to a capable Party.

When some MPs were asked who they thought that able person would be, they said the Samagi Janabalavegaya, but did not specify under whose leadership it would be.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – 01:05

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