With the purpose of bringing about a much-needed system change, the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) has organised a series of public events.
The first event, a bicycle rally from Nugegoda Flyover to Colombo Public Library was held yesterday (7).
Speaking at the event, FUTA President, Prof. Shyama Banneheka said they are protesting on bicycles to send a message to the President, Prime Minister, and the Government, who have brought people onto the streets.
Speaking further, he said their aim is to provide marches to the people who will come to the streets on 9 July to send this corrupt government home.
“The present situation in this country has dragged people down. Our aim is to force this Government to go home without making the country miserable any more. We are taking to the streets today as we think we can send a message to the people of this country. The future of this country is decided on what people do to end this oppressive regime. I am very thankful to all the academic and non-academic staff of the universities islandwide who are joining this march today,” he added.
He further said a discussion with professionals, trade unions, and journalists will be held at the Colombo Public Library Auditorium regarding the necessary steps to establish a people’s government to fulfil the aspirations of the people.
He further emphasised that FUTA requests all the people to join the protest march to be held on 9 July.
By Sahan Tennekoon