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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2732

Thousands turn up in Colombo for UNP rally, ruling SLFP too protesting 'countrywide'

By Joseph Thavaraja

Colombo, 26 July, (Asiantribune.com): Reports revealed that thousands of protestors have turned up this afternoon in an opposition led rally in Colombo.

The rally, still underway is called as "Janarala." It has been organized by the opposition UNP and the SLFP(M) parties to protest against the policies of the Government.

More crowds are arriving in Central Colombo area to take part in the rally at this moment and as a result, the Lipton Circus area is now "virtually traffic blocked", police said.

Crowds have been thronging in and around the Campbell Park and Hyde Park areas before the rally began, reports said to Asian Tribune.

UNP's Colombo organizer Ravi Karunanayake, S. B Dissanayake, Mano Ganeshan
have finished their speeches. At this moment, Mangala Samaraweera of SLFP (M) is addressing the rally.

The sacked Minister Mangala arrived with "large cut-outs of SLFP pioneer SWRD Bandaranaike", sources said.

Meanwhile, in a tit-for-tat move, the ruling party SLFP too has organized 150 countrywide protests in 19 Districts against the UNP today.

SLFP's Lakshman Yapa, addressing the anti-UNP rally in Matara today said that the SLFP rallies were to "protest against UNP's anti-Buddhist and anti-Sri Lanka statements."

- Asian Tribune -

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