Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s new prime minister who was sworn-in on Thursday, has appointed a committee to make sure safety for the ‘Gota Go Gama’ protest web site within the nation’s business capital of Colombo, days after it got here beneath an assault by a pro-Rajapaksa mob, resulting in the resign of then-premier Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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The committee shall be headed by former state minister of defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, mentioned Wickremesinghe, who’s from the United Nationwide Social gathering (UNP); Wijewardene is the deputy chief of the UNP.
“The mayor of Colombo shall be on the panel, and has been given the duty to make sure help from the town’s municipal company. The proprietor of the protest web site, who can also be the consultant of the City Improvement Authority, can even be on the committee. A consultant every from the Ministry of well being, military and police, can even be panel members,” Wickremesinghe introduced.
The 73-year-old chief additional mentioned that it’s this physique, and never the Sri Lankan authorities, which is able to take care of the realm. “The federal government will solely help the demonstrators,” he remarked.
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In current days, ‘Gota Go Gama’ has emerged because the epicentre of anti-government protests, that have been triggered by the continuing financial disaster within the island nation, its worst-ever. Galle Face Inexperienced, a well-liked promenade in Colombo, is the place this agitation is happening.
In Sinhala, ‘Gama’ means village, whereas ‘Gota’ is a reference to Sri Lanka’s embattled President and the youthful brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya. The slogan, due to this fact, roughly interprets to ‘Gota return to your village’ or ‘Go house, Gota’.
On Might 9, Rajapaksa supporters viciously assaulted some demonstrators on the protest web site. Hours later, Mahinda Rajapaksa, already beneath stress to resign, stood down.
(With ANI inputs