Mar 18, Colombo: A protest march organized by the Socialist Youth Union (SYU), the youth wing of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in Colombo on Friday (18) morning against the Sri Lankan Government drew a massive crowd to the capital city.
A large number of youths participated in the massive protest rally held in front of the Presidential Secretariat following the march against the government which the Marxist party say sells resources and queues up the people.
The march and protest were held in Colombo against the government and the sale of resources, including the oil tank farm at Trincomalee.
The protesters marched from the Maradana Technical Junction to the Presidential Secretariat displaying banners with slogans that read “No more oil queues”, “Take over oil tanks sacrificed to India”, “Take over Yugadanavi given for America”, “Patriotic youth join hands to save the country”.
The protestors demanded the Sri Lankan Government to end the shortage of fuel and gas, terminate the agreements that handed over the Trincomalee Oil Tank Complex to India, and the transfer of shares of the Yugadanavi Power Plant to US-based new Fortress Energy Inc.
A tense situation arose when the protesters tried to enter the Presidential Secretariat and the police and the Special Task Force thwarted the attempt. Protesters who had been staying near the Presidential Secretariat for some time then dispersed.