ECONOMYNEXT – The Main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) today Sept 8 launched a protest movement to safeguard the democratic provisions in the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
SJB leaders and several hundred supporters gathered at the park commemorating Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero and took an oath to safeguard a just society.
Speakers at the event warned against the provisions of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which has been proposed by the government.
These proposals, the SJB said, would take the country down the path towards a dictatorship.
The participants vowed to stand together to defeat “forces which are trying to grab power for the benefit of one family, one clique.”
The event saw SJB leader Sajith Premadasa and General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara and others offer flowers to Sobhitha Thero’s statue.
The organisers of the gathering complained that the Police had not permitted them to use amplification equipment.
They had not got a Loudspeaker permit but had brought low power amplification equipment which usually does not require a permit.
“The police at first said we could use the equipment, then they consulted the DIG who also said we could use it but finally the Thalangama Police Officer in Charge said we couldn’t,” local SJB Member of Parliament Dr Harsha de Silva said. (Colombo, September 8, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana