Written by Bella Dalima
01 May, 2014 | 10:38 pm
The May Day procession organised by the Joint Trade Union Alliance was disrupted by the police today. The Colombo Fort Magistrate had earlier issued an order preventing representatives of the Trade Union Alliance from marching to Hyde Park in Colombo.
The Joint Trade Unions Alliance commenced their May Day procession on Thursday near the Colombo Fort Railway Station. Members of numerous trade unions led by the Lanka Bank Employees’ Union, the Health Service Trade Union Alliance, the Ceylon Teachers’ Union, the Government Nursing Officers Association and the Government Printers Union gathered for the procession.
The procession was to travel from the Colombo Fort Railway Station to Hyde Park, Colombo. While the procession made its way via the Lake House Roundabout, the police had barricaded the road in Slave Island.
Permission had only been granted for a May Day Rally of the Lanka Bank Employees’ Union, of which A.K. Bandara is the President.
The Colombo Fort Magistrate had issued an order on April 30, preventing representatives of the Joint Trade Union Alliance from marching to Hyde Park, Darly Road, Union Place and Vauxhall Street in Colombo. Accordingly, the police prevented the procession from making its way to Hyde Park.
Riot police units and water cannons had also been positioned in the area as security measures.
The police informed the organisers to refrain from moving forward as per the court order and requested that the Joint Trade Union Alliance hold their May Day rally in Slave Island.
Subsequently, representatives climbed atop a lorry and addressed the gathering. The group held their May Day Rally at the Slave Island junction following which they dispersed.
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