IUSF marches to PM’s residence

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A tense situation arose near the Prime Minister’s residence, at Wijerama Mawatha in Colombo yesterday (24), when a large group of university students attempted to breach the barricades blocking the entrance to the residence.

Hundreds of university students marched to the entrance of the PM’s official residence and were protesting in front of it, while Police had set up barricades to prevent them from entering.

The Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) protest march began in front of the Fort Railway Station yesterday morning, calling for the resignation of the President, Prime Minister and the Government.

Protesters marched towards the Presidential Secretariat first, but due to Police barricading and closing off roads leading to the secretariat building, they moved towards the Prime Minister’s residence at Wijerama Mawatha.

Police barricaded several roads leading to the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday morning, due to a planned protest march. Police had completely barricaded Lotus Road in Colombo.

Protesters were also barred from entering Chaitya Mawatha and Janadhipathi Mawatha from the NSA roundabout, York Street from the Ceramic Junction, the G.O.H. Junction from the Bank Road, and the Ceramic Junction from the NSA.

Meanwhile, Fort Police had asked Court to issue an order prohibiting the march from taking place because it could cause damage to State property.

The Colombo Magistrate, however, denied the request, stating that he could not issue orders to prevent an impending protest.

The IUSF protest march began around 12 noon near the Fort Railway Station.

Due to the protest, severe traffic congestion was reported around Technical College Junction in Maradana.

BY Thameenah Razeek