May Day Rallies


May Day demonstrations, organised by several political parties, will be held on Sunday (1) across the country.

SLPP : The SLPP demonstration will be held near the Ananda Samarakoon Theatre in Nugegoda at 3:00 p.m.

SLFP : The SLFP has organised demonstrations around the country.

JVP : The ‘Red May Day’ Rally organised by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna will be held in Colombo, Anuradhapura, Jaffna and Matara. The slogan of this year’s JVP May Day rally is ‘Struggle’.

Party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Politburo member K.D. Lalkantha and Central Committee member Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa will lead the May Day rally in Colombo at 2:00 p.m. It will start at the Sirisena Stadium in Maligawatta and continues to the Fort Railway Station. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva and Ramalingam Chandrasekaran will be leading the rally at the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna at 10:00 a.m.  Publicity Secretary Vijitha Herath, Politburo Member Sunil Handunnetti and Central Committee Member Samantha Vidyaratne will be leading the rally at 3:00 p.m. at the Uyanwatta Stadium in Matara. In addition a rally will be held in Anuradhapura at 3:00 p.m. under the patronage of National Organiser of the party Bimal Ratnayake and Central Committee member Wasantha Samarasinghe.

SJB : The SJB will hold its May Day demonstration at Campbell Park in Colombo, after the five-day march from Kandy.

UNP : The UNP will not hold a parade or a rally this year. Instead, the UNP Youth will gather near Galle Face Green in the evening for a demonstration at 4:00 p.m. 

NFF : The ‘Anti-Imperial’ May Day Rally, organised by the NFF, will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the ‘Ape Gama’ premises in Battaramulla.

The May Day commemorative speech will be delivered by NFF Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa.

TNA : The TNA will hold a demonstration in Kilinochchi
at 3:00 p.m.

DLF : The DLF and four parties have decided to hold a one-day demonstration in Hyde Park under the slogan ‘Cabinet, including the Prime Minister, should go home immediately’.

The Democratic Left Front, Lanka Sama Samaja Party, Sri Lanka Communist Party, People’s Party, Desha Vimukthi  Janatha Peramuna will participate in the event.

BY Aloka Kasturiarachchi