Protest held near Parliament in support of 19th Amendment

Protest held near Parliament in support of 19th Amendment

Protest held near Parliament in support of 19th Amendment

Written by Staff Writer

27 Apr, 2015 | 9:08 pm

A protest march was held in the vicinity of the Parliament to drum up support for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

The protest march titled Let’s bow down to the People’s Mandate, let’s swiftly enact the 19th Amendment commenced at the Ayurweda Junction in Rajagiriya. The protest saw the participation of a cross section of religious leaders including representatives of the Maha Sangha and representatives of a number of parties.

Convener for the Association of University Teachers for Social Justice Venerable Professor Dambara Amila Thera stated that they would like assert to all, devoid of any party differences. He went on to note that this an attempt to muster the support, urging all  to rally and pass the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

JHU’s General Secretary Venerable Athuraliya Rathana Thera stated that they are ready to get the amendment passed and also hope that all parties will strengthen and add value to the 19th Amendment: rather than reversing it.

Protesters were obstructed by the police when they attempted to enter Parliament Road.  The police took measures to stop the protesters 200 meters away from the entrance of the parliament.

Convener for the National Movement for a Just Society Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera noted that the people who are present have been battered by the executive presidency for 35 years. He said that the objective of this protest is to convey a message to all 225 MPs of the Parliament. He said:

Therefore we urge them to understand the decision of the public and vote for the 19th Amendment without going against it.

The protesters staged another Satyagraha at the Parliament roundabout and thereafter dispersed.

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