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No reason to declare High Security Zones - Sajith

Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Leader Sajith Premadasa on Saturday vehemently rejected declaration of large extent of land areas in the Colombo city as a High Security Zone. 

Addressing a meeting in Bandaragama, the Opposition Leader said according to the country’s existing law such a large extent of land area, especially in the Colombo city limits cannot be declared as a High Security Zone without any valid reason.

“Even the Sri Lanka Bar Association has also issued a letter in this regard and said that taking such a decision by the Government cannot be accepted and it is a human right violation,” he said.

The Opposition Leader said the Government declared this large land area in the heart of Colombo with the sole intention of stopping protest campaigns organized by people against the day to day rising cost of living and the price increase of almost all commodity items.

He said poor people are suffering a lot when the prices of all commodity items have increased and some families have even reduced their day’s meals due to the high cost of living in the country.

He said as we all are aware even the UNICEF has mentioned that six million children in the country are consuming only one meal a day and due to this majority children are suffering from malnutrition.

He further said at this crucial moment if the Government has adequate money to spend on parliamentarians why they cannot utilizes that money to reduce the prices of essential goods such as gas, diesel, petrol, kerosene oil, fertilizer and milk powder for the benefit of poor people in the country.

The Opposition Leader also expressed serious concern over Government’s intention of controlling media and said that should not be done by the Government and all media institutions should be given the full freedom to express their views on the current economy situation in the country.


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