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Cabinet “disapproves” of the way Police handled Black Lives Matter demos in Colombo on Tuesday – Bandula

MELEE IN COLOMBO – Police rush at Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Colombo on Tuesday

ECONOMYNEXT – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Cabinet of Ministers are joining a host of others in expressing their disapproval of the way Police reacted to activists staging a “Black Lives Matter” protest in Colombo on Tuesday.

The Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunewardena told reporters that President Rajapaksa had advised the police to disperse the protestors based on the COVID 19 prevention regulations rather than attack them.

Police grabbed many protestors and crammed them into crowded vehicles after they began a largely peaceful demonstration Tuesday.

The protest was led by the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) but joined by other activist groups.

The Police had obtained a court order that prevented demonstrations around the premises of the US Embassy in Colpetty. However, some of the arrests were made several kilometres away at Town Hall.

Police Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said that the court order covered the “whole Colombo area.”

An organisation called the Liberation Movement in a statement said that the treatment the police gave the protestors on Tuesday contrasted with the way they acted during the funeral of former Minister Arumugam Thondaman.

“Large crowds were allowed to gather and parade the streets” during the funeral it pointed out.

“It shows that there is one law for the rich and powerful and another law for ordinary people,” the statement said.

Minister Gunewardena said the situations that occurred after the death of Minister Thondaman and after liquor stores were reopened were unexpected and after that procedures have been put into place to prevent such situations from recurring.

Gunewardene also said there was evidence that some of the protestors had provoked police by attacking the officers.

“There is photographic evidence to indicate that some of the organisers were the first to attack the police officers when they tried to disperse them based on the court order,” he said.

At a Press Conference held yesterday Director of legal Division of Police SSP Ruwan Gunasekara yesterday said that the health authorities have warned against protests and other gatherings as there is a danger of COVID 19 being spread as a result.

However, LM pointed out that the police had crammed the detained persons into vehicles showing complete disregard to the social distancing guidelines given by the Health Authorities.

They also added that the protests when they began had followed the guidelines to the letter.

Meanwhile, the Police Media Unit said that 30 policemen including the Officer in Charge of the Colpetty police station had been sent to the Attidiya Quarantine Centre as a precaution.

Police produced 53 protestors before a Magistrate Tuesday night and all were released on bail. (Colombo June 11, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana and Imesh Ranasinghe

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Sri Lanka opposition leader proposes Grama Rajya system in addition to 13A

Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa (r) – File photo

ECONOMYNEXT — Sri Lanka opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has proposed devolving power to the village level through a Grama Rajya system in addition to implementing the 13th amendment to the constitution.

Speaking at an event in Jaffna on on Wednesday June 12, Premadasa said all provinces will benefit from the 13th amendment.

“Whatever one’s ethnicity, religion, status or region, this country has citizens of equal level. They’re all Sri Lankan citizens.

“There is no division or grouping.  As we give you and every other province what you should be given through the 13th amendment, we must implement a Grama Rajya system,” Premadasa said, addressing a crowd of school children and other attendees.

Premadasa’s assurance of implementing the 13th amendment has already drawn some protest in the south.

A collective of civil society organisations held a protest outside the office of the leader of the opposition in Colombo on Thursday June 12.

Calling itself the ‘Coalition Against Partition of Sri Lanka’, the group carrying national flags marched up to the opposition leader’s office Thursday June 13 morning and demonstrated against the full implementation of the 13th amendment.

“We arrived here today to hand over a missive against devolving police powers, land powers and judicial powers. If Mr Premadasa is inside, come outside,” Jamuni Kamantha Thushara, Chairman of the Citizen’s Movement Against Fraud, Corruption, and Waste, was seen declaring at the site.

“First of all, tell us what we stand to achieve by dividing and giving away the north and east,” said another protestor, warning against bringing the 13th amendment “anywhere here (paththa palaathe)”.

A police officer at the scene the protestors that a secretary to the opposition leader was ready to accept their letter.

“In Kilonochchi, he says the 13th amendment will be implemented. The votes in the north are going to be decisive this election. To win those votes, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith and Anura Kumara Dissanayake all say they will implement the 13th. We will not allow this country to be divided into nine pieces,” said Thushara.

Ven Balangoda Kassapa Thero, who was arrested on June 06 during a protest against the new Electricity Act, was also seen at Thursday’s protest. The Buddhist monk requested for a debate with Premadasa on the matter of the 13th amendment. (Colombo/Jun12/2024)

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Sri Lanka rupee closes flat at 303.85/95 to US dollar

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee closed broadly flat at 303.85/95 to the US dollar on Thursday, from 303.80/304.00 to the dollar the previous day, dealers said. Bond yields were down.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2026 closed at 10.00/30 percent, down from 10.20/40 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.10.2027 closed at 10.60/75 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 closed at 11.00/15 percent, down from 11.15/40 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2029 closed at 11.80/85 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 11.85/12.05 percent, down from 11.90/12.05 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.10.2032 closed stable at 11.95/12.15 percent. (Colombo/Jun13/2024)

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Sri Lanka sells Rs295bn in 2027 to 2031 bonds

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has sold 295 billion rupees in 2027, 2029 and 2031 bonds, data from the state debt office showed.

The debt office sold an offered 60 billion rupees of 15 October 2027 at an average yield of 10.30 percent.

All offered 125 billion rupees of 15 September 2029 bonds were sold at 11.00 percent.

All 110 billion rupees offered of 01 December 2031 bonds were sold at 12.00 percent. (Colombo/May13/2024)

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