President steps out of vehicle to speak with protesters

President steps out of vehicle to speak with protesters

Written by Staff Writer

14 Oct, 2017 | 10:29 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena visited Jaffna for the National Food Production battle’s Northern Province leg.

The event took place under the patronage of the President. He distributed fruit saplings and seeds among the farmers in Puttur, Neelawarei to mark the occasion.

During the event the President also handed over a cheque worth Rs. 20 million – the money was allocated from the Ministry of Agriculture for the development of agrarian wells in Jaffna district.

President also attended the national celebration for Tamil Day organised by Jaffna Hindu College.

However, the President was met with an unexpected incident near the College entrance. There was a demonstration organised by the National Movement for the Release of Political Prisoners.

To everyone’s surprise, President stepped out of his vehicle to respond to issues raised by the demonstrators.

According to the News 1st correspondent in the area, the protesters dispersed afterwards.

“In any part of the country, it may be the North, South, East or West, if you have any issue, I invite you to come and discuss them with me, then we can resolve these issues. In times of war, it is innocent people who suffer its consequences. The rich will leave and go to other countries”,  said the President while addressing the event.

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