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UNP holds ‘Sathyagraha’ at Hyde Park amidst large crowd

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The United National Party held a Satyagraha at the Hyde Park grounds yesterday in protest against the economic hardships. Picture by Hirantha Gunathilake

The Non-Violence Sathyagraha by the United National Party (UNP) was held peacefully at Hyde Park in Colombo last evening (25) with the participation of a large crowd, and the determination of all to unite to formulate a national policy that will not change even if the governments with a consensus change.

All who attended the Sathyagraha, with no slogans or raised voices, were dressed in white and held placards with the text that said ‘brighten the dark future’.

On this occasion, which was attended by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and party leaders, professionals, social activists, trade union members together with representatives from other parties as well as a massive crowd, which had arrived from the four corners of the country also participated. Three groups gathered at Hyde Park marching from near the Vihara Maha Devi Park in Colombo, the Gamini Cinema Hall on Darley Road and the Hunupitiya Gangarama Temple in Colombo.

A group of clergy and party leaders including the Maha Sangha sat on the ground and joined the Sathyagraha and the people who were there also contributed to the Sathyagraha sitting on the ground.

A group of children launched the Sathyagraha by chanting some poems from the

Loweda Sangaraawa and Tamil and Muslim music was also played.

Subsequently, a vow was made by all wishing for wisdom and candles were lit in the hope that the light would descend, at the end of the Sathyagraha.

UNP Chairman Vajira Abeywardena said that this Sathyagraha was being held by his party to establish a common platform for preparing a national policy for rebuilding the country and that the UNP had invited everyone who sincerely wished to rebuild the country without any discrimination of race, religion or party to come to the Hyde Park, clad in white.

UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardena, Assistant Leader Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Chairman Vajira Abeywardena, General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara, National Organizer Sagala Ratnayake, Ravi Karunanayake, Navin Dissa

Saturday, March 26, 2022 – 01:00

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