Written by Lahiru Fernando
19 Oct, 2016 | 6:48 am
A group of fishermen from areas including Kalpitiya and Puttalam staged a protest against the use of illegal fishing methods in Colombo on Tuesday October 18.
The group of fishermen marched from the Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo to the President’s Office. They charged that the use of Laila and Surukku fishing nets will destroy the fishing resources in the deep sea. The protesters also pointed out that these destructive fishing methods also pose a threat to the mangrove environment.
The Lotus road in Colombo was temporarily closed owing to the protest. The President’s Office took measures to hold discussions with a few protesters.
Following a discussion held with a senior assistant secretary, a promise was made to resolve the issue by October 25. The protesters dispersed following the discussion.
Artistes staged a demonstration on Tuesday citing that the Sudarshi Cultural Institute, which boasts of a history of over 62 years in Sinhala Culture, is to be handed over to a Japanese NGO.
According to the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts University, the institute is the only Sinhalese cultural centre in Sri Lanka
The group of protesters commenced the protest opposite the Sudarshi Cultural Institute and marched towards the Embassy of Japan.
“We are hoping to resolve this issue today. If solutions are not provided, we will continue to conduct similar demonstrations in this premises till we receive a solution”, said Jeevan Kumarathunga, Veteran Actor
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