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* Sri Lanka working class is oppressed, Opposition Leader says
Sat, May 1, 2010, 10:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party leader said May Day rallies in Sri Lanka are being held when the workers of the country are most oppressed and repressed.

The Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe in his May Day message said the working class in the country who made sacrifices and burdened with hardships during the war is hard pressed to make a living even after the war ended.

Wickremasinghe blamed the government for its inefficiency and incapacity to secure the European Union's GSP+ tariff concession. Withdrawal of the facility has triggered a dire situation subjecting the working class to immense hardships, he said.

"Failure to adhere to the International covenants, violations of human rights, disrespecting Democracy and suppression of the media have led to this disastrous situation in the country. It is the working class who has to face the brunt of the problems created owing to government blunders and bungles," Wickremasinghe stressed.

The opposition leader called the government to show its love for the working class by strengthening the Democratic Institutions of the country, safeguarding human rights and restoring friendly relations with the foreign countries.

"It is because of the neglect of these areas of governance, the government has driven the country, the working class and itself into an inextricable predicament," he observed in his message.

"It is only by following these rectifications and reforms, can a market and commerce which can resurrect the economy in general and relief for the working class in particular, can be provided by the government," the opposition leader concluded.

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