Oct 10, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has banned protests in the city of Colombo in the month of November.
The government under the public security regulations has directed that protests, marches and the display of banners and black flags be banned during the first three weeks of November.
Legal Advisor to the Defence Ministry, Hariguptha Rohanadheera has said that the government has made this decision as part of the security plan during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) summit scheduled to commence in Colombo on November 15th.
The special regulations are to be in place in areas that are to be occupied by the CHOGM delegates during the three weeks of activities in November.
Rohandheera has added that the government wants to provide a high level of security to the delegates from 53 countries visiting the country during the CHOGM summit.
The opening ceremony of the CHOGM 2013 will be held on 15th November in the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapakse Theatre in Colombo while the most of the summit will be held at the BMICH from November 15 - 17. The Heads of government retreat will be held at the Waters Edge in Battaramulla.
The Commonwealth Youth Forum will be held from 10-14 November in the International Convention Centre in Hambantota while the Commonwealth Business Forum will take place at the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo from 12 -14 November.