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* Sri Lanka political parties prepare to hold May Day rallies
Mon, Apr 28, 2014, 11:13 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's political parties and affiliated trade unions are preparing to hold rallies to mark the May Day on 01st of May.

A majority of the political parties will hold their rallies in Colombo while the main opposition United National Party will hold its May Day rally in Ampara in the Eastern Province. Party's main trade union Jathika Sewa Sangamaya will join the rally, according to UNP media spokesman MP Gayantha Karunathilaka.

The ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) along with coalition partners National Freedom Front (NFF) and the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), will hold its rally at the Campbell Park in Borella, Colombo. The procession will start at the Nelum Pokuna Theater near Vihara Maha Devi Park and proceed to the venue.

The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna will start their procession from Dehiwala at 12 noon and proceed to BRC grounds where the rally will commence at 3 p.m.

The major Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will hold its May Day rally in Chavakachcheri, Jaffna, while the Democratic Party (DP) led by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka will hold their May Day rally at Pelawatte, Battaramulla at 4 p.m. following the procession which will commence at 1 p.m. from Rajagiriya.

Due to the numerous May Day rallies scheduled in the nation's capital Colombo, the Police urged the public to refrain from entering the city on May 01 except for essential needs.

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