Successful launch of a mass movement to win back democracy in Sri Lanka

(February 04, Colombo - Lanka PolityThe opposition supporters of Sri Lanka took to the streets in Colombo yesterday and demonstrated against the 2010 presidential result and the government steps to curb democracy and freedom of expression. 

Police warned to take stern action against the street protests and rumors spread preventing the participation of many cautious activists. 

However, tens of thousands of people marched peaceful from Lipton Circus to Hyde Park chanting slogans against polls rigging and suppression of freedom of expression without serious police intervention. The Hyde Park, the venue of the protest rally was filled with enthusiastic opposition supporters while the roads surrounding the venue were also blocked by throning crowds. 

Almost all the leaders of the opposition coalition were seen on stage sans the leaders of the Tamil National Alliance based in Northern and Eastern Provinces. Left Front presidential candidate Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratna that campaigned against both the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the opposition common candidate Sarath Fonseka also addressed the rally. 

The crowds treated the defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka with a rousing welcome.  

The opposition has not still substantiated their allegations regarding the polls rigging. 

However, the 2010 presidential was the most corrupt election of the history given the level of manipulation of public property for supportive propaganda of incumbent and for slinging mud at the opponent. The Election Commissioner Dayananda Dishanayaka said yesterday that he was not happy about the pre-election scenario in which the public officials and media disregarded his directives. 

The police cancelled the loudspeaker licence for the rally without valid reasons in an apparent unproductive bid to disrupt it. 

The rally and the march was mainly organized by the leftist People's Liberation Front (JVP). Disciplined cadres of the JVP actively participated in the protest awakening the disgruntled supporters of the major opposition United National Party (UNP). 

It was a successful launch of a mass movement to win back democracy in Sri Lanka.


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