Police Media Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa explained that protesters were removed from the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (22) in order to create a suitable environment for the President to carry out his duties at the location without hindrance.
Speaking at a press conference today (23), the Police Media Spokesperson said that the President’s House, Temple Trees and the Prime Minister’s Office are currently not operational.
Therefore, the protesters had to be removed from the Presidential Secretariat to ensure that newly appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe could carry out his duties without any encumbrance.
SSP Thalduwa further said that the crowd had to be removed since they did not adhere to instructions issued several times by the Police to leave.
He highlighted that no one can forcefully enter property belonging to the government.
SSP Thalduwa also added that protesters are allowed to freely protest at the Galle Face Green.
The Police Media Spokesperson further said that in order to prepare the environment necessary for maintaining the activities of the Presidential Secretariat, several temporary tents set up around the premises had to be removed.