Colombo JO Protests commences – Live Updates

The ‘Janabalaya Kolambata’, anti-government protest campaign organized by the joint opposition is scheduled to be held on today in Colombo. Commentators say it’s likely to cause disruptions in the capital city with thousands of Police officers on standby.

Here are the latest updates (SL Time):

3pm:

Latest pictures as crowds start their march towards Colombo

2pm

JO protest march commences from few places of Colombo while Sri Lanka Podujana Muslim Front is seen walking with a banner of former defense sect Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former President Rajapaksa photos.

1.30pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe tweeted his displeasure stating that today is not public holiday and that schoolchildren and office workers come to Colombo for various needs and cannot let them to be affected by the protest.

He also refuted that protesters were prevented from coming to Colombo and that freedom was given. However instructions not to let public hindered by the protest was given.

1pm

– JO leaders including former President Rajapaksa will join at the Bo Gaha junction in Fort

– Local media reports say the protest will converge at Lake House Roundabout and protesters will stay in Colombo till tomorrow morning

12.15pm

Buses seen on Kegalle-Colombo road en route to the mass protests organized by JO. The final rally of #ජනබලයකොළඹට mass protest will be held at Lakehouse roundabout in Colombo.

11.15am

Tonight will be a sleepless night, Protesters hoping to stay tonight in Colombo – MP Udaya Gammanpila

10.40am

US embassy in Colombo issues caution to US citizens residing in the country ahead of the protests.

10.30am

MP Namal Rajapaksa tweets that final briefing is being provided to union leaders for the mass protest taking place today.

9.00 am

Special security arrangements in Colombo, extra Police and tight security at crucial points including Sri Lanka President’s House, Temple Tree, Special Court, FCID and Parliament due to today’s protest. Photo via @Jamz5251

9.30 am:

UDA officials have invaded and sealed the Colombo floating market restaurants which were allegedly preparing water and food for the protest.

They have also threatened volunteers work on water distribution for buses coming from outside.

Yesterday

Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake tweets his concern over today’s JO protests

JO party leaders meet former President Rajapaksa to finalize and provide guidelines regarding today’s protests.

Sudden spike in road constructions seen in the city. Critics allege its a planned move by the government

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