Govt. prevents Joint Opposition (JO) from using Galle Face Green for May Day rally
Posted on May 4th, 2018

by Norman Palihawadane Courtesy The Island

Former President Mahinda Rajapaka said yesterday the government had refused to grant the Joint Opposition (JO) permission to use the Galle Face Green for its May Day rally.

Unbearable tax burden, heaped on the people by the government, would be one of the main themes of JO’s May Day rally, scheduled to be held next Monday, Rajapaksa said.

Asked whether the JO had invited the 16 SLFP MPs who voted for the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to attend their Galle May Day rally, the former President answered in the negative.

He said: “People have found it difficult to cope up with the tax increases and the soaring prices of essential items. In addition, the cronies of the government fleece people by exacting bribes. The prices of milk powder will be increased within the next few hours and that will further aggravate the suffering of people.”

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