Thursday, May 11, 2017

Galle Face blues: Rajapaksa’s May Day force jolts Govt.

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sunday, May 07, 2017

  • Crowd at JO rally bigger than both UNP and SLFP rallies
  • President, PM taking action to stop internal battles; joint meeting of parliamentary groups proposed
  • High-powered committee of ministers and officials to prevent disruption of  essential services
By Our Political Editor
Neither leaders of the ruling coalition nor those in Opposition envisaged last Monday’s main ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO) May Day rally at Colombo’s popular public promenade, the Galle Face Green, would turn out to be significant in the country’s political history.
Believing there would be a poor turn-out, not enough to fill the vast space, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared the vast expanse by the sea close to the Colombo Fort area should be given to the ‘Joint Opposition’. Even more, he wanted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security ensured by the Police.