Massive public protests rock the country

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A 24-hour general strike and massive public protests were held islandwide yesterday (28), demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Government to resign immediately.

Over 1,000 trade unions participated in the strike.

Schools and businesses were closed, public and private transportation, postal services interrupted, banks partially shut in support of the strike. Railway employees too, joined the strike by applying for sick leave. Shops and economic centres in many areas were closed as well.

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) did not strike yesterday. However, they held protests in support of the unions that engaged in the strike.

Public protests were staged in many areas including Matara, Kurunegala, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Chilaw, Kegalle, and Gampaha, as well as the Free Trade Zones in Katunayake and Koggala.

“The message is very clear. The people demand the President, the PM and the Cabinet must resign. We will conduct an islandwide hartal on 6 May,” Wasantha Samarasinghe of the Inter Company Employees’ Union said.

The trade union action was organised under the theme of ‘Corrupt Government, Go Home.’

Meanwhile, thousands of people continued to protest opposite the Presidential Secretariat for the 20th consecutive day, demanding the President and Prime Minister to resign.

By Methmalie Dissanayake