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JOIN US as we mark 31 days of continuous People’s Protest, at Kohuwela junction on Thurs March 31st!💪🏾

It’s heartening to see so many people’s protests not affiliated to political parties over the weekend! It’s time the people realised their power!

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Some captures from the Kandy People’s Protest yesterday (Wed)!

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Kollupitiya Peoples Protest continues - some captures from yesterday💪🏾

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Kohuwela and Wijerama continuous People’s Protests keep going💪🏾 Some pix from yesterday.

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People’s Protest at VMD Park yesterday💪🏾 Growing daily👍🏾

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Today (31st) People’s Protests at;

7.30pm - Kohuwela (31 days of continuous protest)

7pm - Wijerama junc, Nugegoda

6.30pm - Jubilee Post, Mirihana

DO JOIN & SHARE WIDELY🙏🏾

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Today (1st) People’s Protests at;

3.30pm - Outside Law Fac, UoC, Reid Avenue

4pm - Opposite bus-stand, Negombo

6.30pm - Near Buddha statue, VMD Park

6.30pm - Old bus stand, Bandaragama

7pm - Wijerama junc, Nugegoda

7.30pm - Kohuwela junc

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Kohuwela People’s Protest marked 31 days of continuous protest yesterday (31st). Some captures below;

We will not be silenced💪🏾
We will resist✊🏾

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Via @Amaliniii Today - Protest by fishing communities in Ambalantota, close to Hambantota in the Southern Province. Fuel costs + shortage means less work + more expenses for them, and their children go hungry as they stand in queues. #lka
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Via @NewsNow360 Today - Civilian protestors have gathered in front of Carlton Pre School Nuwara Eliya, chanting their little ones are crying of hunger. Shiranthi Rajapaksa is the ED & Principal of Carlton Preschools.
#peoplesprotests #lka
- facebook.com/watch/?v=10223…
Via @NewsWireLK
Moratuwa Municipal council has been surrounded by a group of protesting carpenters over rising commodity prices.

#peoplesprotests #lka
- newswire.lk/2022/04/01/mor…
The Matara- Colombo Road has been completely blocked in Galle due to a protest.

#peoplesprotests #lka
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පලකයනී, ජනතාව නොමරා මැරීම වහා නවතනු!
#PeoplesProtest in Negombo today! #lka - facebook.com/Lakyshan/video…
Via
@NewsfirstSL
Protestors storm the Wasantha Senakeliya Opening Ceremony, under the patronage of the Nuwara Eliya, Mayor, demanding how they can spend money & hold festivities when the country is facing an economic crisis.
#peoplesprotests #lka - newsfirst.lk/2022/04/01/loc…
Stop repressing people under the PTA!
People continue to protest outside Uni of Colombo today!

We will not be silenced!
Keep coming out!
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People’s Protest organised by the Uni of Japura students at Wijerama junc, Nugegoda today!

#rainorshine
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka - m.facebook.com/story.php?stor…
Bandaragama, Kalutara continue their People’s Protest yesterday (1st)😂

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Kalutara has a spontaneous People’s Protest today💪🏾

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People’s Protest at the VMD Park roundabout near Nelum Pokuna yesterday (1st)💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka - facebook.com/marisa.d.silva…
People’s Protests on 2nd April at;

8.30am -Between Joy Boat & Queens Hotel, Kandy
1pm - In front of St. Thomas Church, Matale
5pm - Opposite Nelum Pokuna
5pm - Old bus stand, Piliyandala
7pm - In front of Arpico, Pelawatta
7.30pm - Kohuwala junc

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Today’s People’s Protest at VMD park opposite Nelum Pokuna WILL take place at 5pm!

Please come and show your solidarity💪🏾

We will not be silenced!
We stand with all protestors who have been arrested & call for their immediate release✊🏾

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Amidst Govt. imposed Emergency Regulations & impending curfew, hundreds came out outside Nelum Pokuna today!

Stop arresting, torturing & intimidating peaceful protestors!

Pix by @Ruvindesilva
#peoplesprotests
#takebackourpower
#WeStandWithThisara
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Despite ER & curfew, people continue to protest at least in small groups in neighborhoods around Colombo #lka

#peoplesprotests
#wewillnotbesilenced
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Meanwhile the “insecure State” continues to barricade itself in “fear” of it’s “own”people!

#takebackourpower✊🏾
#wewillnotbesilenced #lka ImageImage
Resist wherever you are!
However you can!

#wewillnotbesilenced
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Despite ER & govt. imposed curfew, people continue to defy & resist💪🏾

#peoplesprotest in Maharagama #lka
#wewillnotbesilenced
#takebackourpower
#lka

- facebook.com/dammika.munasi…
Despite ER & govt. imposed curfew, people continue to defy & resist💪🏾

Peradeniya Uni students take to the streets in Kandy💪🏾

#peoplesprotests #lka
#wewillnotbesilenced
#takebackourpower

- facebook.com/PeradeniyaStud…
A lighter yet very hope inspiring poster from #lka diaspora in USA💪🏾

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Some of the cutest😍 protestors from today & some neighborhood protestors💪🏾

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People’s Protests in Peralanda junction, Ragama💪🏾

#wewillnotbesilenced
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
People’s Protests in on Nawala road💪🏾

#wewillnotbesilenced
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
People protest by beating on their gas cylinders in Kurunegala💪🏾

#wewillnotbesilenced
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
The students of Japura uni march from Maharagama to Boralesgamuwa in protest today💪🏾

#peoplesprotest
#takebackourpower✊🏾
#lka
- fb.watch/c9awo_AXZM/
Despite ER & govt. imposed curfew, people continued to defy & resist💪🏾

#peoplesprotests in Mount-Lavinia #lka
#wewillnotbesilenced
#takebackourpower
Defiant clergy & Kochchikade Church devotees protested yest (3), despite ER & govt. imposed curfew!

Pic & trans via @Amaliniii

"Are we paying for the curse of the laments by mothers in the North & South whose sons were disappeared/killed?"

#TakeBackOurPower
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Despite ER & curfew, people continue to protest in Negombo #lka

#peoplesprotests
#wewillnotbesilenced
#takebackourpower✊🏾
Rajagiriya massive People’s Protest in one pic💪🏾

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Today People’s Protests at;

7.30am Nelum Pokuna roundabout

10am Outside Nelum Pokuna, near VMD Park

3pm Independence Square

3pm Outside Law Fac UoC

4pm Outside Nelum Pokuna, near VMD Park

4pm Near Traffic Lights, Katubedda

4pm Clock Tower, Panadura

5pm Lipton Circus ImageImageImage
People’s Protests 6th at;

1pm - Main bus stand, Galle
2pm - Clock Tower, Piliyandala
4pm - Under flyover, Dehiwela junc
5.30pm - Outside Bernard’s, Kohuwela
6.30pm - Opp Mahinda Parlour, Mount
7pm - Wijerama junc, Nugegoda
8pm - Liberty junc, Col-3

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More People’s Protests today💪🏾

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More People’s Protest locations for today (6th);

*Independence Square protests will continue all through the day.

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People’s Protests today (7th) at;

3pm - Fort Railway Station &👇🏾

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Women protest the economic crisis at Gandhi Park, Batticaloa #lka

#PeoplesProtests
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This is a historic moment to learn, unlearn and teach!

A timely intervention by @sachp and team!

Hope to see more like this all over #lka

Tmrw (8th) @LuwieNiranjan & @shamara4w speak!

Please do join & share widely!

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Fuel queue protest in Monaragala!

#peoplesprotests
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
facebook.com/marisa.d.silva…
Women protest against the economic crisis in Palavi, Puttalam #lka today!

#peoplesprotests
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“ස’ fail. ලංකා මෑණියන්ට වද නොදී දැන්වත් මේකෙන් තොලොංචි වෙලා යන්න… යන ගමං අපේ සල්ලි දීලා යන්න.” - Kalana Gunasekara - facebook.com/11915446814482…
Youth protest at Parliament roundabout!

#peoplesprotests
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
මේ කියැවෙන සෑම අකුරක් පාසාම පිළිබිඹු වන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය කාන්තාවගේ සෑබෑ අරගලය නොවේ ද?

WeliOya women protest!

#peoplesprotests
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
- facebook.com/10000092489102…
People’s Protests on April 8th;

2pm - School student protest, Panadura
2pm - School student protest, Kalutara
3pm - Lipton Circus (LGBTIQ+ community)
3.30pm - Independence Square (Iftar)
3.30pm - Outside Law Fac, UoC
4pm - Liberty roundabout, Kollupitiya (IT industry) - 1 ImageImageImageImage
Women protest against the economic crisis & other systematic violations by the State, outside the DS office, Mannar💪🏾

#RepealPTA
Release our ancient land!
We want democracy, equality & justice!

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‘March for Justice’ for victims of the #EasterSundayAttacks #lka

Start time - 6.30am
09th April (Sat)
Outside St. Sebastian’s Church, Katuwapitiya, Negombo
Ends at - St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade

Join us!
Let’s end the crisis where it all began. Image
The Inter University Student Federation (IUSF) starts their march from Kelaniya to the Parliament✊🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka

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UPDATED!
Ppl’s Protests April 9th;

6am - Walk for Justice from Katuwapitiya-Kochchikade
8:30am - IUSF march Fort Railway Station-Galle Face
8.30am - Silent Protest outside Aquinas, Borella
9am - Govt & Pvt Uni Protest, Ananda Samarakoon Theatre, Nugegoda
All Day- Galle Face ImageImageImageImage
Antharey, even with limited capacity, as Unis haven’t been re-opened yet (conveniently), took #Colombo by storm yesterday💪🏾 They were tear gassed & water cannoned but still stayed on!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka - m.facebook.com/story.php?stor…
‘March for Justice’ - Katuwapitiya to Kochchikade✊🏾

Justice for victims of Easter Attacks

#JusticeForEasterAttacks #lka

- facebook.com/10005206363549…
One of the most powerful moments from today, when crowds cheered as a youth erected a black flag inscribed ‘Power to the People✊🏾’ at Galle Face!

I truly hope we take this power and change for the better as a people of #lka

#takebackourpower
Another powerful moment from todays people’s protest at Galle Face, was when our fellow Muslim protestors broke fast during the protest & invited other protesters to break fast with them❤️🙏🏾

Astounding how they protested whilst fasting 👏🏾 👏🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Some powerful pix from today’s People’s Protest at Galle Face💪🏾

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Silent Solidarity Prayer Campaign March from the Anglican Cathedral to the Borella Cemetery🙏🏾

#TakeBackOurPower✊🏾 #lka
‘March for Justice’ - Katuwapitiya to Kochchikade✊🏾

Justice for victims of Easter Attacks

#JusticeForEasterAttacks #lka

Pix via @Amaliniii who marched the entire route in solidarity with victims & their families✊🏾❤️ ImageImageImageImage
People’s Protests on 10th April (Sun) at;

All Day - Galle Face
5.30pm - Near St. Theresa’s Church, Thimbirigasyaya
5.30pm - Outside Bernard’s, Kohuwela
6.30pm - Outside KZone, Ja-Ela
7pm - Wijerama junction, Nugegoda

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Parishioners & clergy of the Methodist Church, Colpetty stand in the rain in silent protest this morning after service💪🏾

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#takebackourpower✊🏾 Galle Face #lka

පායනා.. කාලේදී රෑදවල් මහන්සිවී..

කන්නදේ රැස්කරයි කූඹියෝ..

පායනා.. කාලේදී රෑදවල් මහන්සිවී..

කන්නදේ රැස්කරයි කූඹියෝ ..

උන් ඉතා ඉක්මණින්..

යන්නේ මේ කඩිසරෙන්..

කම්මැලීනෑ කිසිත් කූඹියෝ ..
Protest songs followed by crowd chanting #GoHomeGota💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾Galle Face #lka
More forms of protest from Galle Face last night💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
People’s Protests on 11th;
All Day - Galle Face
3pm - Street Musical Protest, Balangoda
5pm - St. Anthony’s Church, Borella
5pm - Performing Artists Protest, Liberty roundabout
5.30pm - Near St. Theresa’s Church, Thimbirigasyaya
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“This is the result of the curse of the Easter Attacks” said one placard at the memorial at Galle Face.

Families of victims of the Easter Attacks laid flowers and lit candles at the gates of the Presidential Secretariat.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
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5.12am - Day 3 of continuous protest at Galle Face.
Protestors continue protesting outside the Presidential Secretariat.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka - facebook.com/marisa.d.silva…
Shout out to all volunteers & donors from all ethnicities, who have come forward to provide protestors at Galle Face everything, from food, water, tea, coffee, first aid, toilet facilities, tents & even morning Samahan! It was truly amazing to witness!🙏🏾

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What to do over NY holidays?

- Visit/camp out at GotaGoGama (GGG) anytime this week with your family
- Participate in the NY Celebs on April 14 at GGG
- Do join in/organise Teach Outs, performances, discussions at GGG
SHARE WIDELY🙏🏾
#OccupyGalleFace
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What’s in store for you at #GotaGoGama on April 14th;

#OccupyGalleFace
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Protests 12th;

All Day - GotaGoGama (GGG)
2pm - Lawyers March Aluthkade MC -GGG
4-8pm - People’s Parliament, GGG
5pm - Performing Artists Protest, Liberty roundabout
5.30pm - Near St. Theresa’s Church, Thimbirigasyaya
5.30pm - Outside Bernard’s, Kohuwela

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Feel free to give #GotaGoGama a Like & Follow on FB and stay updated on the People’s Struggle in Sri Lanka. It even has a library! Do feel free to donate books to it! - facebook.com/GOTAGOVILLEGE/ Image
Nanda Malini visits GotaGoGama!
What a icon✊🏾❤️

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All are welcome!

Let’s make a people’s mandate to rebuild #lka

People’s Parliament TODAY from 4-8pm at GotaGoGama, near the SWRD statue.

Pls RT & share widely🙏🏾

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Public Announcement by protesters to protestors💪🏾

“If anyone tries to cause any trouble, by even hitting you or shouting at you, DO NOT RETALIATE. If it worsens, inform the Police. Film everything. Do not drink water from unsealed bottles. Aragalayata Jaya Wewa✊🏾”

#lka
An 85 year old uncle just insisted on donating food to the protest in person. He walked in the rain and mud all the way to one of the food collection centres to make his donation.

These are beautiful moments in time.

#Gotagogama
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Protests on 13th;

All Day - Gotagogama (GGG)
8am-8pm Yellow for Democracy Protest, Inde Sq
3.30pm - Walk Fort Train Station-GGG
5.30pm - Near St. Theresa's Church, Thimbirigasyaya
5.30pm - Outside Bernard’s, Kohuwela
7pm - Wijerama Junc, Nugegoda
7 pm-8pm- Teach Out, Inde Sq ImageImageImageImage
Great topics & speakers at tomorrow’s (13th) Teach Out, at 7pm, at Independence Square.

Do join & share widely🙏🏾 #lka

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“Those in the South now feel the pain & tears the Tamils in the North have long endured. We feel hunger now. They have felt hunger a long time. We now suffer without gas. They’ve long done without. The plantation ppl too. Now it has hit our stomachs, so we are now fighting!” #lka
The People’s Parliament in process at GotaGoGama yest.

The hope is to collect recommendations from the people, to draft a people’s mandate to hold all future govts accountable to.

Pls join us again today from 3pm onwards near the SWRD Statue, GGG #lka -facebook.com/Peoples-Parlia… ImageImageImageImage
Catch todays teach out on NOW LIVE on State violence and the PTA and the History of Ethnicity in SL

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka - instagram.com/hashtaglka/liv…
Come out to GotaGoGama tmrw (14th) with your families and friends to celebrate Awurudu. Let’s all come out in solidarity💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImage
“The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was brought about to protect those in power, not the people.” - @ErmizaTegal at the Teach Out on State Violence & the PTA, at Independence Square. #lka @sachp Image
“There are lots of historical reasons for the ways in which ethnicity has emerged as a problem today. Just saying that we are Sri Lankan or pretending that we are SLkan or pretending that ethnicity does not exist, does not address that reality & those histories.” Andi Schubert Image
Of the 4 pieces at #Gotagogama yest, the 1 of Shavendra was missing today. A pic of someone tearing off the image is circulating on sm.

Is it due to the assumption that protestors will be safe if they don’t antagonize the military?

Or that “war heroes” shouldn’t be insulted? ImageImageImage
All Day - Awurudu at Gotagogama
8am-8pm - Awurudu at Independence Square
3pm - Maundy Thursday symbolic washing of feet of 12 protestors at #Gotagogama
5.30pm - Outside Bernard’s Kohuwela

Let this New Year be a new dawn for #lka 🙏🏾
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Badulla with #Gotagogama ✊🏾

Hope more gamas come up across #lka

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More more of this pls💪🏾

#Gotagogama #lka

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Kandy pic credits - Rajeev Karunanayake
Awurudu Day at #Gotagogama

Anglican Bishop Dushantha Rodrigo, former Bishop De Chickera and other clergy at GotaGoGama today💪🏾

#powertothepeople & doggies😍

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Christian clergy & lay persons carried out the symbolic Maundy Thursday practice of washing of the feet, in recognition of those who serve the community, by washing the feet of 12 protestors at Gotagogama today.

#powertothepeople #lka
All Day - Gotagogama (GGG)
All Day - Inde Sq
3pm - Near Queens Hotel, Kandy
4-6pm - Women for Justice & Accountability, near SWRD statue, GGG
5-7pm Geetha Bavana, Songs of Liberation, near SWRD statue, GGG
5.30pm - Outside Bernard’s Kohuwela
7-8pm - Teach Out, Inde Sq

#lka ImageImageImageImage
The guy who smashed Gota’s face out of the park💪🏾 #kanamutti

Awurudu at Gotagogama❤️

#takebackourpower #lka
Protest music (originals) performed by Harsha, Arosh and other artists at GotaGoGama a few days back!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
“Is a high end luxury mall public purpose? What is public purpose? Who is the public? Why do we only learn abt public purpose of land when it affects us (middle & upper middle classes), when it has been happening in Colombo & around Colombo for yrs?” @iromip - Teach Out #lka Image
Protests & events on 16th;

Morning - Ecocide Mural painting at GotaGoGama (GGG)
3pm - Near Queen’s Hotel, Kandy
4pm - GGG University Inauguration
4.30 pm - Poetry Jam, Agitation site, GGG
5.30pm - Outside Bernard’s, Kohuwela
5.30pm - Near St. Theresa’s Church, Thimbirigasyaya ImageImageImageImage
“The people are undergoing severe stress. They are hungry. They are heavily burdened. We ask that the leaders please step down now.”

The National Bikshu Front joined protestors at Gotagogama today & reiterated protestor’s calls for the President & the Govt. to step down. #lka
GotaGoGama, Galle set up today💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka

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People’s Protest in Kandy yesterday 💪🏾 More of this pls🙏🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
“The President says we must all drink bitter medicine due to this econ crisis. Tell those who they gave money, loans, tax cuts & the king makers to take the bitter meds. Why must we? If we don’t ask for accountability now, tmrw they will say this crisis is a creation of ours!”
Trucks appeared this morning at one end of Galle Face outside GGG & after a lot of social media atten they have now been removed as confirmed by the BASL.

I hope we are able to be this prompt & pressure the govt wherever in #lka attempts at intimidation are made by the State. ImageImageImage
Protests & Events on 17th;

All Day - Gotagogama (GGG)
8.30am - A Moment in Remembrance, outside Pres Sec, GGG
9.30am onwards - Easter Sunday on the Green, proceed as congregations after Easter Service to GGG
10am onwards - Occupy Independence Square
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
In recognition of their years of yeoman service spreading hate & deliberate lies across #lka

Please feel free to share widely 🙏🏾
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Trained MH & #psychosocial volunteers are at #Gotagogama (next to SLRC tent), to provide support for organisers & protestors.

Do visit this tent if you want to discuss taking care of yourself & others, during protests.

#takebackourpower #lka ImageImageImage
Remembrance for victims of Easter Attacks held today at #Gotagogama #lka

#justiceforeasterattacks
Pix via @Also_Natashaaaa ImageImageImageImage
Parishioners from the Nagoda church protest after Easter service today 💪🏾

#justiceforeasterattacks
#takebackourpower #lka
Galle #Gotagogama tents being taken down by the Police this morning. But the protestors prevailed💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
- fb.watch/crHsQ7RGr8/
Peoples Protests at Kollupitiya, Nagoda, Peliyagoda & Welipark today💪🏾

#justiceforeasterattacks
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Fantastic!! Upping the ante just a “tad” at #Gotagogama #lka

#takebackourpower✊🏾
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾
#Gotagogama #lka

Pix by Thilina Kalutotage ImageImageImageImage
More footage from protestors video mapping the Presidential Secretariat before Security personnel blocked the projection.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
More footage from protestors video mapping the Presidential Secretariat before Security personnel blocked the projection.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Protests & Events on 18th;

All Day - Gotagogama (GGG)
3pm - Near Queen’s Hotel, Kandy
3pm - Developing New Political Language & Symbols, Ppls Uni, GGG
4pm - Peoples' Struggles & History of Collective Identities in SL, Ppls Uni, GGG

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
“We have no weapons in our hands. We have only our drums. So we will beat our drums & say ‘treat us like human beings. You can’t determine how much to feed us or how much freedom to give us. We are not dogs. We are humans!”

Local drummers join the protest at Gotagogama on Sat.
Local artist join drummers for a interactive version of Marley’s timeless classic✊🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Another local artist joins drummers to perform a protest song💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Pahatha rata dancers & drummers symbolically perform the ‘18 Sanniya’ to rid #lka of the maladies of failed governance, corruption, injustice & the lack of accountability, last Sat.

#takebackourpower✊🏾
Security personnel attached to the Presidential Sec holding up a board (meant to block the projection yesterday), seen holding up a board with the projection “Go Home Gota”instead 😂🤦🏾‍♀️
#lka Image
Journalists protest for media freedom & accountability over attacks on the media, held today at Gotagogama.

Demands included justice for disappeared & murdered journalists in the North & East!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImage
Bike ride calling for justice for Easter Attack victims held on Easter Sunday.
Submit the full Commission Report to the public without hiding. Ranil, Mahinda, Maithripala, Gotabaya, don’t protect the culprits!

#justiceforeasterattacks
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Gotagogama Kandy going strong 💪🏾

Hope the gamas keep spreading across #lka

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Saumya Sandaruwan Liyanage & other artists recite poems of resistance outside the Library at Gotagogama today.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Protest Schedule - April 19th

All Day - Gotagogama (GGG), Colombo
All Day - Gotagogama, near Railway, Galle
10am-3pm - Gotagogama, Torrington Park, Kandy
1pm - FUTA Protest March, UoC-GGG
3pm - Near Queen’s Hotel, Kandy ImageImageImageImage
"මෙගොල්ලෝ බලයට ආවේ මීගමුව එකම මලගෙයක් කරල. එහෙම කරපු උන්ට කවදහරි ඒකම විදින්න වෙනවා!"

“They came into power making the whole of Negombo into a funeral house. People like that must suffer the same way someday!” - a woman from #Negombo - facebook.com/10003871812836…
Protests in Hingurakgoda, Baddegama, Digana, Galle, Madampe, Gampola, Kandy, Kegalle, Mathugama, Avissawella against fuel price hike. Train operations also delayed from Rambukkana - Reporters - newsfirst.lk

Some pix from Galle, Rambukkana & Ratnapura, below. ImageImageImageImage
WEAR YOUR MASKS!

Public service message from protestors to protestors!

- We still have COVID, mild strain or not
- Our healthcare system is in emergency mode, we cannot afford to burden it any further
- They want to see our faces. We all know why!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImage
Protestors at Gotagogama, Colombo light candles in remembrance of protestor killed by the Police in Rambukkana today.

Stop State violence against protestors exercising their democratic right to protest!

#lka Image
Protest Schedule - April 20th

All Day - Gotagogama (GGG), Colombo
All Day - Gotagogama, near Railway, Galle
10am-3pm - Gotagogama, Torrington Park, Kandy
All Day - Gotagogama, Bus Stand, Badulla
12.30-1.30pm - TUs & Mass Orgs - Black Protest, Islandwide (venue list below) ImageImageImage
Protestors at Gotagogama, Colombo hold a candle light vigil to commemorate protestors who were killed by the Police in #Rambukkana today, & in solidarity with fellow citizens who have been killed & injured as a result of police attacks on civilians #lka

Pix by @amila_udagedara ImageImageImageImage
IUSF protest today outside the Rajarata University.
ජඩ ආණ්ඩුව රඹුක්කන ජනතාවට වෙඩි තබයි!
ජනතාවනි,
බියගුළු ආණ්ඩුව පන්නමු!
සටන පෙරට රැගෙනයමු!
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka - fb.watch/cvOsqUYDqT/
“Rajapaksa - Go Home!”
“Murderer - Go Home!”
“Murderer - Go Home!”

Chant protestors near the Parliament today, calling for justice for Rambukkana protestors & all other civilians killed by the State.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
People’s protest at Pannipitiya today, as they also condemn the suppression of protestors and violence against civilians!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule - April 21st

All Day - Gotagogama (GGG), Colombo
All Day - Gotagogama, near Railway, Galle
10am-3pm - Gotagogama, Torrington Park, Kandy
All Day - Gotagogama, Bus Stand, Badulla
8.30am - Easter Attack Remembrance Mass, St. Anthony’s, Kochchikade ImageImageImageImage
People’s protest at Liberty roundabout today, calling out the #Rajapaksas for all of their crimes!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
A memorial was held for the Easter Attack victims of the Zion Church, in Batticaloa today.

#JusticeForEasterAttacks #lka ImageImageImage
The Disappearance Commission

Performances TODAY - 21st April at;

5.30PM/ 6.30PM/ 7.30 PM

at the Legal Aid Truck/Disappearances Tent, at Gotagogama #lka

#takebackourpower✊🏾 Image
“Minorities have long been targeted under the PTA. Prolonged detention & inadequate legal rep is a huge burden for fams. The PTA has been disproportionately used against minorities & is now being used against everyone. #RepealThePTA” - Anisa Firthous, Activist, Kathankudy @ GGG
PTA: The Legal Black Hole, TODAY at 8pm, at the Legal Aid truck, GGG

Speakers;
Aneesa Firthous
Swasthika Arulingam
Nuwan Bopage

#RepealPTA #lka
#takebackourpower✊🏾 Image
Protest Schedule - April 22nd
All Day - Gotagogama (GGG), Colombo
All Day - Gotagogama, near Railway, Galle
10am-3pm - Gotagogama, Torrington Park, Kandy
All Day - Gotagogama, Bus Stand, Badulla
3pm - Near Queen’s Hotel, Kandy ImageImageImageImage
Three youth from #Kandy have started walking to #Gotagogama to join & support the people’s struggle! More power to them💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
People gathered at #Gotagogama #Badulla yesterday, calling for justice for victims of the Easter Attacks!

#justiceforeasterattacks
#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Jehan Appuhami reaches St. Anthony's Kochchikade, after his gruelling walk for justice, from Katuwapitiya. He will soon join fellow artist, Kalana Gunasekara, who's been on a Sathyagraha at GGG since Jehan started 2 days ago. -
#JusticeForEasterAttacks - facebook.com/roshane.joseph…
Actor, Kalana Gunasekara, has been on a Sathyagraha at GGG, for the past 36+ hours calling on justice for the victims of the Easter Attacks. He will be joined soon by fellow artist, Jehan Appuhami, who walked from Katuwapitiya-Kochchikade calling for justice!

#PowerToThePeople ImageImageImage
Pix via @IsharaDanasekar 🙏🏾
What a powerful moment when they meet and embrace each other as they shout Aragalayata Jaya Wewa (Long Live the Struggle)✊🏾

#JusticeForEasterAttacks
#powertothepeople - fb.watch/cylMk7fosW/
Pannipitiya People’s Protest today condemns State suppression and calls out the Rajapaksas as being murderers!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule - April 23rd (Sat);

Keep organising in your neighborhoods!

Keep pressuring your local MPs!

Keep coming out!

Pix by - Mahendra Dhammika

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Also today (23rd) at;

7pm - This is not a gun, open air amphitheater, GGG

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka Image
The Traders Association & the #Plantation worker community joined #Gotagogama #Badulla in a massive rally of about 2000 people in the Badulla town, today.

Protestors chanted
“gGo to Jail'
“Give us back our money!”
“No more racism”!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Protestors marched in funeral procession in honour of Rambukkana protestor, Krishantha Lakshan, killed by the police, today from #Gotagogama to Temple Tree.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Protestors from the funeral march draped barricades outside Temple Trees with wreaths & flowers & tied white flags splattered with red, & red cloth (symbolizing Satakayas), in commemoration of Chaminda Lakshan, the protestor killed by the police in Rambukkana.

#takebackourpower ImageImageImageImage
Mothers of the Disappeared from the South call for justice and accountability for their loved ones & join protestors at Gotagogama today.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
The National Movement for victims of Microfinance call for the immediate abolishment of microfinance loans! “We can’t pay! We won’t pay! Fulfill the promise you made to us!, they chanted as they marched to Gotagogama today!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImage
Protest Schedule - April 24th (Sun);

Keep organising in your neighborhoods!

Keep pressuring your local MPs!

Keep coming out!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
“He got some shrapnel & became our hero. 69 lakhs trusted him. Isn’t it him who’s fn us over now? We must accept our mistake. When they killed in the 80s & the Tamils, we thought our race & religion are superior. So we let them kill. Isn’t it those crimes we are paying for now!”
Kurunegala People’s Protests today!
Keep organising in your neighborhoods!

Keep coming out!

#takebackourpower #lka ImageImageImageImage
#Plantation workers demand land, housing & civil rights! They call for a daily wage of Rs. 1500, given the steadily increasing cost of living, as they march from Fort to GGG yesterday (Sun)!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
The IUSF (Antharey) protest takes Colombo by storm today, as they march through Colombo, to Wijerama, in front of the PMs house, as roads leading to Galle Face were barricaded by the Police. They eventually got to march to Gotagogama in the evening!

#takebackourpower #lka ImageImageImageImage
IUSF (Antharey) march into Gotagogama, after marching since afternoon, to applause & cheers by protestors lining the streets! Strange times we live in, where ppl who would usually be dismissive or angry at student protestors, are now cheering them on!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Protest Schedule 25th April;

Keep organizing!

Keep coming out!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
The IUSF lodged a complaint against the Police, at the @HRCSriLanka today!

#powertothepeople #lka
- fb.watch/cCaXqCcTqP/ Image
An old uncle brought a tray of drinks for student protestors as they passed by, saying Jaya Wewa Aragalayata!

Old aunties pumped their fists in the air as students passed.

Ppl lined the road to cheer.

This struggle means so much to so many, & all join in however they can❤️ ImageImage
Tourism sector workers unions protest in Kollupitiya today!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Pro-Rajapaksa supporters attempt to disrupt candlelight vigil against #Police brutality at Independence Square today.

It never fails to astound me, how even in the face of complete failure to govern, #Rajapaksa supporters (paid or otherwise) have the audacity to take up space!
The actual protest we went there to do was against #PoliceBrutality which ironically the #Police who came & told us to carry on with, without engaging with the Pro-Rajas, had no idea about👀

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule 26th April;

Keep organizing!

Keep coming out!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Kantale People’s Protest yesterday (Mon)💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka -

fb.watch/cCJSfdAKx1/
Protestors chanting outside Temple Trees right now💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka -
facebook.com/anuruddhabanda…
MayinaGoGama (MGG) has been established outside Temple Trees as of early this morning💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾#lka ImageImageImageImage
From crisis to recovery, and towards accountable governance - themorning.lk/from-crisis-to…
Let’s not forget this woman who stood alone in protest outside Temple Trees the day before yesterday, before #MainaGoGama was established💪🏾❤️✊🏾
#powertothepeople

- facebook.com/10001133850613…
You became President & brought about this disaster to #lka We are suffering - no transport, no medicines, no food, no milk pax for babies. Aravinthakumar, where did you come to get your votes? Are you a rouge to stand behind & prop up the President? Is that a right thing to do?
If you are also a rogue like him, go with him don’t come here! Don’t you have any shame? You may be rich, we are poor & are struggling to earn by plucking tea leaves. Flour price is high, rice price is high, one piece of soap is Rs. 130! How can we afford this? - Badulla GGG #lka
The Agricultural Instructors Trade Union marched from the Ministry of Agriculture in Battaramulla, to GGG yest (25th), in support of the people’s call for the Rajapaksa regime to step down.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka -
facebook.com/kasumi.ranasin…
Outside MainaGoGama (MGG) today💪🏾

“Did you buy bullets with our money?”
“We come from UK & USA, where are the dollars we sent?”

“Why was Basil made Finance Minister?”

Question protestors outside MGG today!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
TODAY 📣 Twitter Spaces: 21st amendment as way forward? Making sense of the contents, process & politics, at 7pm.

Join us for this event with speakers @DineshaSam (Sr. Lecturer in Law, UoC) & @Kalana_S (Sr. Lecturer in Law, Uni of Pera) - @LuwieNiranjan
twitter.com/i/spaces/1zqKV… Image
Protest Schedule 27th April;

Keep organizing!

Keep coming out!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
The insecure State plays pirith loudly off speakers inside Temple Trees in a failed attempt to discourage & drown out protestors outside. But protestors continue undeterred✊🏾

Looks like MR is not taking ‘being hated’ very well ne😂

#WeCantBeSilenced
#PowerToThePeople💪🏾 #lka -
More handiwork of the insecure State!

All banners put up by protestors outside the Pres Sec had been removed this morn. Including the large posters of journalists killed, disappeared/assaulted by the State.

Has the State side ante been upped post MGG or?

Pls DM 4 pic credits Image
The Dimbulagala Dalukana Adivasi community make a vow to Galey Bandara Deiyo (Kandey Deiyo) for the Pres & PM to step down.

“We don’t have money or buses to come to GF. So we came to the foot of this mount. What’s the point of Pres like this, If they can’t give ppl some relief”
Matara #Gotagogama takes it to the next level 💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Mothers Protest at Gotagogama today!

#takebackourpower✊🏾
JOIN THE ISLANDWIDE GENERAL STRIKE or take part in any protest TODAY!

Keep coming out!
Keep organising!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Also on TODAY (28),

5pm (one show only) - Sri Lanka in the 50s (performance), under the SWRD statue, GGG

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka Image
Capturing the spirit of our revolutionary moment in time❤️ Hope we make the most of this time to truly make this moment historic for all our people✊🏾

Pix & compiled by a good friend🥰

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
Koggala FTZ workers join General Strike today (28th)✊🏾

Pix via Prabhath Nayana Kumara.
#powertothepeople ImageImageImage
Katunayake FTZ workers join the General Strike today!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka

facebook.com/chinthaka.prad…
Awariwatte, Katunayake FTZ workers join the General Strike today!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
FTZ workers from Awariwatte join General Strike at Nittambuwa today💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Lawyers join General Strike at Court Complex today!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImage
Trade Unions & Mass Organisations join General Strike and march to #Gotagogama today💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Artists join General Strike and march to #Gotagogama today💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
Development Officers Association, Postmen's Association & Doctors Associations joined the General Strike in Vavuniya today💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
#SL in the 50s.

A powerful depiction of the #SinhalaOnlyAct of 1956, which made Sinhala the national language of #lka

It also narrated the #untoldhistory of the non violent protests by Tamils against the Act, including at Galle Face, where #Gotagogama stands today.

🖕🏾Banda! Image
Performers of #SL in the ‘50s hold up images of the suppression of #Tamil protestors against the Sinhala Only Act of 1956!

Many viewers had never heard of, or seen these images of #lka history before!

GGG must become so much more than a struggle to send the Rajapaksas home! ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule 29th April;

Keep coming out!
Keep organing!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #ka ImageImageImage
*5.30pm - The People’s Struggle, the Law & the Way Forward, Red Tent, near SWRD statue, GGG
Also today (29th);
4pm - Realising People’s Power: Within the Constitutional Framework & Beyond, Ppls Uni, GGG
6pm - Feminist Protest, opposite One Galle Face, GGG
A protestor has been assaulted by the #Police this morning outside #Mainagogama (Temple Trees), reportedly over the Police trying to remove a poster put up by protestors & the protestors resisting the removal.

#PoliceBrutality
#WeWillNotBeSilenced
#powerofthepeople✊🏾 #lka
“Chichi hadapu rocket ekata - wediya usai jeevana bara!” chant protestors from the United Beauticians Forum, who marched from Panadura to GGG to join the General Strike yesterday 💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
Kurunegala #Gotagogama remembered all those killed by the #Rajapaksa family - Lasantha, Thajudeen, Sivaram & many others, as they called for the govt to resign. People are occupying Convent Rd, Kurunegala, for the 4th consecutive day.

Via @PabaDeshapriya

#takebackourpower✊🏾
Police remove protestors boards & tarps to shield them from the hot sun, off buses that have been parked on the pavement outside Temple Trees to block protestors. Protestors question Police as to why they’ve removed boards off buses they’ve claimed are not theirs!

#StateViolence
Confrontation between protestors outside MainaGoGama and the Police, following the assault of a protestor who had resisted the police removing their posters off a bus parked along the pavement of Temple Trees meant to block protestors! -

Feminists from the East join protestors at Gotagogama, Galle Face tomorrow (30th)💪🏾

We want Power of Equality, Justice & Love❤️✊🏾 Image
Met this legend, Jayatissa maama, a farmer activist, from Polonnaruwa, casually walking around at #Gotagogama yest. So much love & respect for this man who has contributed so immensely to farmer & land rights in #lka over the decades, yet remains so humble❤️✊🏾

Pic by @Amaliniii Image
Social Media Activist Anuruddha Bandara @A_Bandara94 filed FR application with Supreme Court seeking a ruling that his arrest & detention violated his fundamental rights💪🏾 @NewsfirstSL

#WeWillNotBeSilenced
#JusticeForThisara✊🏾
#PowerToThePeople Image
Convenor of the IUSF, Wasantha Kumara Mudalige, speaks at Homagama protest today!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
The statue of Bloody Banda was blindfolded & a board with the words ‘Wake Up’ erected beside it, today.

Perhaps a noose would have been more apt for a man whose #racist actions paved the way to brutal anti-Tamil pogroms & a 30 yr war!

Pic 1 via Jadu
Pic 2 via @Welikumbura ImageImageImage
University Medical Faculty students storm Gotagogama today💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
Farmers join protestors at Gotagogama on the 26th, demanding compensation they were promised for their lost crops due to the fertiliser ban imposed by this govt.

“The Maha (season) is over, the Yala (season) is over! Now at least get the hell out!”
Pix via @Amaliniii
#lka ImageImageImageImage
Women from Batticaloa perform the Oppaari, a funeral lament, at GGG

"What did you achieve by taking loans? My child is crying without milk. No gas, no wood to cook. No rice. No food. Who to tell this to? If we tell, they lock us inside. Who do we cry to?”

Via Swasthika & Shreen
Protest Schedule for April 30th;

As they grow deafer, let’s get louder!

Let’s keep fighting!

Keep organising!

Keep resisting!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeGota ImageImageImageImage
Women from the North & East of #lka including drummers from the Samathai Feminist Collective in #Batticaloa perform at the gate of the Presidential Secretariat at GGG💪🏾

Footage by R. Anuratha.
This mesmorising, graceful and powerful performance by Thaji was the perfect rallying call to #lka Artists to set off on our march from Independence Square to GGG💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeGota2022
Artists march from Independence to GGG today💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeGota2022
Artists stop by Mainagogama (MGG) on their way to perform in protest of the Rajapaksas inability to hear the angry cries of the people, and step down!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeGota2022 - facebook.com/marisa.d.silva…
Protest Schedule May 1st;

Let’s keep coming out louder & stronger💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeGota2022 ImageImageImageImage
Great to hear loud Tamil chanting at the artist’s protest at GGG yesterday, probably for the first time that a large number has chanted together in Tamil, since the protests started. Would love to see more and more of this💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
POWERFUL✊🏾❤️

The Samathai drummers from Batticaloa joined in & lead the final stretch of the Artists Protest into GGG yest.

Samathai is a feminist collective whose music includes parai drums 'traditionally' not played by women.

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
Info via @Amaliniii
Protest Schedule May 02nd;

Let’s keep coming out louder & stronger!

Pix from the Horana peoples protest today💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeGota2022 ImageImageImageImage
For 40 yrs #lka experimented with trade liberalisation. Inside that economy it was FTZ, Plantation & migrant workers who brought $$ to SL - garment by garment, plucking leaf by leaf, cleaning house by house. Those $$ were stolen by the Rajapakses & hoarded abroad by Export Comps.
And now these same comps are talking about cost of production & loss making ,when our workers were denied their basic wages during COVID. Our economic structures have failed us. Our leaders have failed us. -2
You may leave us but, Trade Unions will be with workers & moving forward, workers will decide on how we should structure our economy. The workers will lead the way. Victory to the workers! - Swasthika Arulingam (CIWU), Collective of Trade Unions & Mass Orgs, May Day Rally.
“If the Police can break the law on the behest of Maina (Mahinda), then I can break the law too. It is the #SL law that’s in operation. Not Maina’s law. This is the end of Maina’s law. Please remember that!” - Video via Sudath Siri.
#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Kurunegala Gotagogama going strong for the 8th consecutive day yesterday💪🏾 - @SandunThudugala @PabaDeshapriya - facebook.com/sandun.thuduga…
“Go Gota Jail!
Go Gota Jail!
Go Maina Jail!
Go Maina Jail”

Chant #Kandy artists at the People's May Rally yesterday. @A_Bandara94 #takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas - fb.watch/cKDVJ7kLBg/
People’s May Day Rally from GGG-MGG💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka

Vid by @Amaliniii
Kandy Gotagogama too opens a Library sponsored by the Colombo GGG. Please do donate books to the Kandy GGG at Torrington Park🙏🏾
@A_Bandara94 @IsharaDanasekar @Kalana_S @ArjunaParakrama
Pix by @LucilleAbeykoon

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
An epic video of #lka Dance Greats, Ravibandhu Vidyapathy, Upeka Chitrasena, Heshma Wignaraja & Thaji Dias from the Artists Protest March a few days back✊🏾❤️

Vid via a friend.

#takebackourpower✊🏾
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeMahinda
Some different chants (viridhu) from FUTA’s recent protest in solidarity with the people’s struggle💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Farmers from Anuradhapura and Gampaha are on day 6 of their continuous protest outside Diyatha Uyana, calling for the lifting of the ban on fertiliser subsidies!

#GoHomeGota2020
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImage
Farmers from Walsapugala join protestors at GGG today💪🏾

#GoHomeGota2020
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Visited Gotagogama Kandy that marks their 17th continuous day of protest today!

#takebackourpower #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#gohomerajapakses ImageImageImageImage
“There’s no power. We have sleepless nights fanning our children to sleep. They can’t study. They can’t sleep. Then I send them to school in the morn & bus fare is 10 times what it used to be.”

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas - facebook.com/groups/3775855…
Buddhist Monks protested outside the President’s official residence today & then joined the People’s struggle at GGG💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas - facebook.com/sanka.jayaseke…
In yet another beautiful moment of sharing & love at GGG, Colombo, 150 sawans of Biriyani were donated to protestors by #Muslims today, to join in their Eid celebrations ❤️💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾#lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas
The #SL Working Journalists’ Association organised a protest March at GGG today, to mark World Press Freedom Day & reinstall the posters of killed, disappeared & assaulted journalists on the Pres Sec fence, as the previous posters were removed last week by security personnel #lka
Vid via @Amaliniii
Protest Schedule for May 04th;

Let’s keep resisting💪🏾
Let’s keep fighting!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
The country is falling apart, and investigating into the blindfolding of a man who peddled an irreparably destructive, racist policy just to come into power, is the hill SLFP chooses to die on!!!

Pathetic yet not surprising. #lka

- themorning.lk/slfp-asks-igp-…
People are protesting outside the Maharagama police station now, calling for the release of 12 young protesters arrested by the Police near Diyatha Uyana, a few hrs ago. Police once again violate the people’s democratic right to protest. #lka

Vid by Harsha Aravinda.
According to lawyers it’s *13 protestors now it seems.
Fort magistrate issues a court order for the removal of protestors & all their structures etc. near Temple Trees, Kollupitiya as they cause obstructions to pavements & inconvenience the public - fb.watch/cN-_EF9PS0/ ImageImageImageImage
Students from the Unis of Colombo & Moratuwa march towards Parliament now and are blocked by Police & barricades.

More evidence of the insecure State! - facebook.com/HasinthaSandun… ImageImageImageImage
JOIN the Teach Out TODAY (4th), at 6.30pm

Malaiyaha Tamils: Existence is Protest - B. Gowthaman

Avoid the Unity Trap: Difference is not Divisive - Arjuna Parakrama

Twitter Space - twitter.com/i/spaces/1OwGW…

OR via FB on;
m.facebook.com/nadia.ismail.1…
Catch today’s teach out online!

#Malaiyaha #Tamils: Existence is Protest - B. Gowthaman

Avoid the Unity Trap: Difference is not Divisive - Arjuna Parakrama #lka
- facebook.com/nadia.ismail.1…
Protest Schedule May 5th;

Let’s keep coming out!
Let’s keep fighting!

#takebackthepower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeGota ImageImageImageImage
How YOU can play your part in the May 6th #Harthal🙏🏾✊🏾

#PowerToThePeople #lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeGota2022 ImageImageImage
Also ways you can support May 6th Harthal✊🏾

Pls bring your underwear (ideally old), to the metal barriers erected near Parliament (Diyatha Uyana) tmrw (6th) at 9am, to hang out to dry🙏🏾 #lka Image
The Inter University Student Federation (IUSF) Anatharey have started their march from Wijerama Nugegoda a short while ago💪🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas -
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No dollars for food, medicine, fuel or gas, but PLENTY for tear gas! Police fire at least 10 rounds of tear gas at unarmed students, at least one of which went to a neighbouring house and one at a three wheeler on the road which was immersed in smoke! - facebook.com/marisa.d.silva…
Artists with your instruments, and anyone else who would like to join the students outside parliament now, please do come in solidarity. Let’s finish this fight! They hope to be here all night! ✊🏾❤️
People are bringing food & water for protestors. The stage is being set up. All the litter has been cleaned up by the students themselves. The struggle must be won! This is our moment. Let’s make it count. May the people change! May all the people win✊🏾 #lka
#powertothepeople ImageImageImageImage
Latest gama in town! #HoruGoGama outside Parliament ✊🏾

#PowerToThePeople #lka
#GotaGoHome2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Thank you Sir, for providing protestors shelter from the rain at #HoruGoGama Finally barricades being put to some good use 💪🏾❤️✊🏾

#powertothepeople
#GotaGoHome2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
#powertothepeople✊🏾❤️ Image
Volunteers have bought hot tea and food for protestors early morning at #HoruGoGama ❤️✊🏾

Please do come back and support the students or attend protests in your own towns & join today’s all island May 6th Harthal✊🏾

#powertothepeople
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Thank you Hong Kong protestors🙏🏾

If you know, you know✊🏾 #lka

#PowerToThePeople Image
ONE canister of tear gas = aprox USD50 = almost SLR 18,000

In the last 2 days (May 5-6) alone, the Police dispensed ATLEAST 20 canisters on unarmed protestors (mostly students & families). That comes to SLR 360,000 worth of money we DON’T HAVE being spent on inessential items! Pic by @nabeelaxiqbalImageImageImage
In the last month alone;

Fact: The Police have fired live bullets at unarmed protestors demanding fuel

Fact: The Police have fired highly potent tear gas at unarmed protestors, including elders, families & students

Fact: The Police have brutally assaulted unarmed protestors ImageImageImageImage
Although for some this might seem shocking & appalling behaviour by the #lka Police, for #Tamils, #Muslims & dissidents, including Antharey (IUSF) students, the Police & military have historically & systematically used violence & torture to intimidate & suppress protestors! Pic by @Kumanan93ImageImageImage
Atleast now, could protestors STOP beseeching the Police & Military to “switch sides” & “protect us”!

Atleast NOW open our eyes to the deeply violent, racist & classist nature of the #lka State & hold it accountable!

They DO NOT exist to protect us! They protect the State! Mothers of the disappeared ...Mothers of the disappeared ...Victims of Kumarapuram mass...The Trinco 5
Protest Schedule May 7th (Sat);

Stay calm!
Stay strong! 💪🏾
Keep resisting✊🏾
Keep organising!
Keep coming out!

#PowerToThePeople #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImagePic via @vinojana9Image
Protest outside home of @RW_UNP this morning. Long overdue but, great nevertheless.

For being such a good & protective friend of the Rajapaksas, both in your time in Govt & in Opposition. I’m sure they’re thankful for your loyal service. We are not. Ranil, pls stay home! #lka
Kandy protestors go all out to join the islandwide #Harthal yesterday (6th)✊🏾

This guy deserves an Oscar👏🏾

#takebackourpower #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas
In another jungy related protest from HoruGoGama yesterday👀

#powertothepeople✊🏾
Bringing out the Big Guns!
You got tear gas - We got Kaali💪🏾

Do join!
Maadan, Badhrakaali Pooja TONIGHT at 9pm, at GGG! #lka ImageImageImage
Protest Schedule May 8th;

Let’s keep resisting!
Let’s keep coming out!
We will not be silenced!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#gohomerajapakses ImageImageImageImage
Mahinda gets a apt welcome by people in Anuradhapura today💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeGota

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A powerful & heartbreaking moment during last nights Maadan, Badhrakaali Pooja where people were told to ask the Gods about their fate or grievances. #lka - facebook.com/marisa.d.silva…
Protestors gathered in front of MP G.L. Peiris’s home & handed over a letter, calling on him to vote for the NCM, support the repeal of 20A & support the formation of an interim Govt. without any Rajapaksas.

Frankly, I would love to see a Parliament without GL, period. #lka ImageImageImageImage
Our usual thambili seller told us his bicycle was stolen when he was plucking thambili.

He asked for help to buy a 2nd hand bike from the courts, as they auction bikes that they confiscate!

So they take from the poor & sell it back to the poor? Who then gets the proceeds? #lka Image
The choon paan man who donated his bread to student protestors, told us how the meds he needs for his leg have increased from Rs. 58 to 168!

He added that the Kaalakanni Rajapaksas had bought shoes for a grand child costing 1.5 lakhs, whilst the ppl can’t afford food or meds! Image
Protest Schedule 9th May;

One month since the founding of #Gotagogama & the Galle Face Aragalaya✊🏾

More and more #PowerToThePeople💪🏾

Let’s stay strong & keep going✊🏾 #lka

#GotaGoHome2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas

Pic by Mahendra Dhammika ImageImageImageImage
People protest against emergency regulations being brought in to suppress protestors, yesterday at Gotagogama, #Galle💪🏾

#takebackourpower #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas
In what seems to be a desperate & shameless move by MR to cling onto power & to instigate violence, “Mahinda loyals” (bought or otherwise,) plan to come to Col today!

Ppl who’ve been non-violently protesting for the last 2 months, let’s come to GGG 2day morn & show our power💪🏾 ImageImage
Mainagogama in good spirits this morning✊🏾

#powertothepeople #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas
This morning my heart broke as I watched Pro-MR goons raize Mainagogama to the ground & beat protestors unmercifully, all in the name of a family that has brought #lka, including most of those bussed in from the working class, to its knees!

Rajapaksas May you burn in hell soon! Image
I cried today cos I thought everything we built over the last month was lost. The baby steps in learning our collective histories. Fighting together. The freedom to speak, create art & music. A place where nobody goes hungry/thirsty.

But then ppl really showed up❤️✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
They tried to break us today. They burnt our art. They set fire to our tents. But this will not deter us. We will build everything back bigger and better tomorrow.

An artist who’s been at GGG for 28 days, says he lost all his art to fires set by State sponsored mobs at GGG 2day ImageImageImageImage
A single father of 1 daughter is told he will be denied his Samurdhi if he doesn’t join Pro MR protest.

Prisoners in rehabilitation are bussed in 2 join Pro MR protest.

It’s forever the working class that’s pitt against each other 2 protect the ruling class! How will this end? ImageImage
Protestors at GGG hoot at STF bikes that arrive at the scene after the entire attack on GGG by State sponsored mobs! The order was clear. Let the attack take place.
Remember this moment next time you get the urge to cheer on violent arms of the State! - facebook.com/marisa.d.silva…
Just before the mobs reached GGG, I went to the GGG Library & asked this aunty to pls look after the books & stay safe! She said, “we’ll do what we can. If they could do it to Jaffna [library], what is this for them!” I had nothing to say.

Thankfully this library survived❤️ ImageImageImageImage
In case anyone was in doubt that the Police enabled yesterday’s attack!
Here they laugh, when people ask them why they won’t tear gas mobs heading towards GGG, like they do to protestors.

The #lka State is as complicit & bloody as they’ve always been - ‘83, Aluthgama, Digana…
Gotagogama Kandy this morning, following the attack on the gama by State sponsored goons yesterday💪🏾

Pic by Sakuna Gamage
#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas Image
Kandy Gotagogama soon after the State sponsored attack on Monday, by Govt. goons, inclusive of “Sudu malli”, now rebuilt with love by the people, & going stronger than ever💪🏾❤️

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2020
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Pix by Ruwan & Lucy
More evidence of complete complicity by the Police, in the State sponsored mob attack on GGG on Mon!

Two measly rows of Police linked arm in arm, were meant to stop a violent mob of hundreds from entering GGG, where 50-60 peaceful, unarmed protestors resided. #StateViolence #lka
Mid & Upper Class #lka
Pre-April 22: These uni students are always protesting! Wasting our tax money! Causing traffic!

April 22: Our young uni students are so disciplined! See how they march bravely! They will win us the struggle!

May 22: IUSF consists of hardcore JVPers🤦🏾‍♀️🙄 Image
Still more evidence of State complicity! Lists of people’s names written on Parliament letterheads, who were brought in from around #lka, were found by protestors inside buses that brought in pro MR mobs to attack MGG & GGG on Mon! Who will be held responsible for these crimes? ImageImage
To all the aunties & uncles (most of whom have voted UNP, SLFP & even more recently SLPP) who are sending WhatsApp messages about the “most violent” & “extremist” FSP!

Let’s take a short visual walk through #lka history, shall we?
The “most violent” UNP👇🏾

June 1 ‘81 - Burning of the Jaffna Library = Biblioclasm. A heinous crime.

July 24 ‘83 - State sponsored anti-Tamil pogrom. Brutal killing of over 3000 Tamils.

Feb. 18 ‘90 - Killing of Richard de Zoysa. One of countless victims of Govt Death Squads. ImageImageImage
The “most violent” SLFP/UPFA👇🏾

May 22 ‘58 - State sponsored pogram against Tamils protesting the ‘Sinhala Only Act’.

Feb. 11 ‘96 - The brutal massacre of 26 Tamil civilians, including children, in Kumarapuram.

Aug. 14 ‘06 - Aerial bombing of 61 Tamil school girls, Sencholai ImageImageImage
The most violent SLPP👇🏾

2009 - Hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians killed in the No Fire Zone

June 15 ‘14 - State sponsored Anti-Muslim riots, Aluthgama

Aug 1 ‘13 - Rathupaswala killing of civilians protesting for water

The enforced disappearance of thousands of Tamils ImageImageImageImage
The Frontline Socialist Party, a DISSIDENT group of the JVP (NOT off shoot) was formed in 2012, & has NEVER held office in #lka

Yes, their political ideology might be considered “radical” by mid-class aunties & uncles, but pls check your history b4 you next hit that fwd button!
A new sculpture to depict the oppression of the people, has been created, where the monument to commemorate the victims of the Easter Attacks used to be. The Easter Attack monument was destroyed by the State sponsored Pro-MR mob that attacked GGG on Monday.

#powertothepeople✊🏾 ImageImage
Protestors at GGG react to the announcement of the appointment of @RW_UNP tonight!

No deals!
Ranil Rajapaksa go home!
Gota go home!
We don’t want murderers!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
So the CID has rocked up today, 4 days after the State sponsored mob attacks on GGG on Monday to take statements by eye witnesses & victims of the mob violence.

So does this mean the CID will also investigate the Police, STF & SLA for their complicity in the violence or? ImageImage
Priyanga Vishwajith, a peaceful protestor @ggg who was brutally beaten by State sponsored mobs said, this is our last opportunity. If we miss this, we will never get it again. We must win this struggle. Pls don’t partake in violence. Let’s win this togethr. Aragalayata jayawewa✊🏾
When I saw the vid of myself being beaten. I was shocked. I wondered how it was possible to beat someone like this? What wrong had I done? All we asked for was our motherland. She is the one who nourishes & protects us. We only asked for her protection. - facebook.com/10001547137519…
Women carry out a silent walk for peace & justice, for the 3rd consecutive day, in Batticaloa.

This is not the first time we have taken to the streets for our rights. During the war, disasters & violence in our homes & in our country, we have take to the streets for justice✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule May 15th;

Stop the arrest and suppression of protestors!

Keep coming out!
Keep organising!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protestors at Gotagogama Kandy call for the immediate arrest of State sponsored mobs who attacked the gama on Monday the 9th.

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
How many from State sponsored mobs who brutally attacked unarmed protestors, with some still in hospital?

230 persons arrested & 68 among them remanded since May 9 for violating curfew, attacking persons & damaging public & private property so far- Police- @Dailymirror_SL ImageImageImageImage
Protestors march from GGG calling for justice for protestors brutally assaulted by State sponsored mobs on the 9th!

#WeWantJustice
#JusticeForAnuranga
#JusticeForIndunil
#powertothepeople #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#gohomerajapakses
Batalandey - Batanandey
Janathawata - Atha nothabanu!

Protestors call for justice for State sponsored attacks on GGG on the 9th & call for the Govt to stop the suppression of protestors!

#JusticeForAnuranga
#JusticeForIndunil
#powertothepeople #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
Best Vesak Pandol at GGG tonight!

#PowerToThePeople #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule 16th May;

#StayStrong💪🏾
Keep coming out!
Keep organising!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Also today (16th) at GGG; ImageImageImage
You (Police) didn't save us. The ppl of #lka saved us. Release the arrested 250 now. They didn't organise to beat anyone. They went after the mob cos' the mob beat us! We will give you a week to arrest Mahinda, Deshabandu, Johnston & others involved! SYU facebook.com/syulanka/video…
People cycled for this morning, calling for justice for the May 9th State sponsored mob violence against unarmed protested at GGG.

#powertothepeople
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas
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The Young Lawyers Association & Young Journalists Association hand over a letter to the IGP calling for;

- The inquiry into May 9th mob violence to be handed over to an independent investigation team

- Immediately remove D. Tennakoon from his post so he can’t block inquiry -1 ImageImageImage
- Remove yourself from that post of IGP as it’s not possible for police under you to investigate you, in the interests of cooperating with the ongoing inquiry

- Stop arresting & intimidating those who acted out of anger after the mob attacks on unarmed protesters -2 ImageImageImage
The inquiry into May 9 violence, is being done by CID, under Dep IGP W. Tillakaratne, who was in charge of MRs security for 11 yrs & close confidante.

He was appointed on the request of this govt to replace former CID Head Shani Abeysekara

The ppl have no confidence in him! ImageImageImage
Protest Schedule - May 17th;

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
10 Year Remembrance of Wasim Thajudeen today (May 17th) programme below;

#JusticeForThajudeen #lka
#PowerToThePeople ImageImage
කොළඹ පුරවැසි කණ්ඩායමක් විසින්, #මුල්ලිවයික්කාල් ස්මරණයෙහි නිරත උතුරු - නැගෙනහිර #දෙමළ ජනතාව සහ මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ට සිදු කරනු ලබන රාජ්‍ය බිය ගැන්වීම් සහ සෝදිසි කිරීම් හෙළා දකිමින්, එම ජනයාගේ ස්මරණයට ඇති අයිතිය ආරක්ෂා කරන මෙන් අවධාරණය කර සිටී.

#May18
#MullivaikkalRemembrance #lka
A group of citizens in Colombo condemn the state intimidation and surveillance of Tamil people and journalists in the North and East commemorating Mullivaikkal and ask that their right to memorialise be upheld.

#May18
#MullivaikkalRemembrance #lka
முள்ளிவாய்க்கால் நினைவு தினத்தை முன்னிட்டு வடக்கு கிழக்கில் உள்ள தமிழ் மக்கள் மற்றும் ஊடகவியலாளர்கள் மீதான அரச அச்சுறுத்தல் மற்றும் கண்காணிப்பைக் கண்டித்து, அவர்களின் நினைவேந்தல் உரிமையை நிலைநாட்டுமாறு கொழும்பில் உள்ள பிரஜைகள் குழுவொன்றாக பதிவு செய்கிறோம்.

#May18

#Mullivaikkal
10 years since the killing of Wasim Thajudeen, his family is still waiting for justice!

A Remembrance March was organised by his batchmates & family, from St. Thomas’ Prep, to GGG today.

More blood on Rajapaksa hands!

#JusticeForThajudeen
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Artists of the People’s Struggle protest today at GGG!

#PowerToThePeople #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule May 18th;

#May18
#MullivaikkalRemembrance
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
As we in Colombo marked May 18 Mullivaikkal remembrance of our Tamil brothers & sisters killed in the last stages of the war, I sincerely hope this is also a 1st step towrds real reconciliation in #lka & that we can join the call 4 justice & accountability

Pix @amila_udagedara ImageImageImageImage
Kanji, made of just rice & salt water, was life saving food for #Tamil ppl in the last stages of the war. They struggled in the midst of shelling & bombing & underwent untold suffering. The #Mullivaikkal kanji is to remember this tragedy & mark their resistance to pursue justice ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule 19th May;

#PowerToThePeople #lka ImageImageImageImage
People walk to the sea at Galle Face to send flowers off to sea in memory of all #Tamils killed at Mullivaikkal during the last stages of the war.

Some pix by @Ruvindesilva 🙏🏾

#May18
#MullivaikkalRemembrance #lka ImageImageImageImage
The same Police that didn’t find it necessary to shoot tear gas & dispense water cannons at armed, violent State sponsored mobs on May 9th, didn’t think twice before shooting round after round of potent tear gas at unarmed students, elders & clergy today!

Pix by @_taniaperera ImageImageImageImage
Police water cannon unarmed student protestors & general public, whilst they defiantly resist by continuing to chant protest slogans louder & stronger!

Vid by @_taniaperera

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule for 20th May;

Keep organising!
Keep coming out!
#TakeBackOurPower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Also today (20th);

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka Image
We shall see
The dawn of the day
We shall see
The day when oppressive powers which strangle us will fly away like cotton wool & like dust

We shall see
The voice of oppressive rulers will be struck by thunder & silenced - Swasthika Arulingam

#May18
#MullivaikkalRemembrance
We the oppressed will march & the world will shudder to our march Crowns & thrones will crumble & fall

We shall see
We who have been denied the right to stand together will come together in a field of love

We shall see that dawn
We all feel it inside us
We shall see a new dawn Image
Hum Dekhenge by Faiz Ahmad Faiz (Translated to Tamil by A. Mangai and Ponni Arasu).
Students, women living with disabilities, mothers of the disappeared & many others have been walking for justice in Batticaloa, despite the escalating bus fares, for 9 consecutive days now. Join them from 8.45-10am, as they walk from St. Sebastian’s Church-Gandhi Park, Batticaloa ImageImageImageImage
A friend has started a ‘Photo Wall’ at the Tear Gas Cinema at GGG. Please feel free to add your pix of the Aragalaya to this wall, so we can all remember this moment in time.

@amila_udagedara @PrabuddhaDikwa2 @dhammikamahend2 @ThilinaKalu @Sjayawardena @MaatramSL @Ruvindesilva ImageImageImage
Protest Schedule for May 21st;

Keep coming out!
Keep organizing!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Also today (21st);

11am - Letter to UN on Mahinda & goons being free, whilst mass arrests and intimidation are being carried out islandwide, Trade Unions & Mass Orgs, outside UN HQ, Thunmulla. -
More evidence of MR complicity. -
Farmers from Apura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala & Gampaha called off their continuous protest near Diyatha on the 18th, after 23 days, as the Govt assured them that an import of 60,000 metric tons of fertilizer was on the way. -1 ImageImageImage
They also need to start cultivation during the monsoon rains, as it’s their life blood & they’ve already lost one season. They may not be able to cultivate this season properly either due to there being no fuel to plough the fields & the fertilizer not reaching them in time!-2 Image
“The same quicksand which buried the killing of #Manamperi, also buried the killing of #Isaipriya.

The same (fascist) hands that shot #GauriLankesh, also attacked the protestors at Galle Face (on the 9th).” - SN Krishnapriyan
#May18
#Mullivaikkal
- twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
Shouldn’t the SLAF be held accountable for using State resources, paid for with public funds, to fly the Rajas from one hideout to the next?

මේවා උඹලගේ බුදල් නෙවෙයි!

Who is responsible for giving orders to allow MPs to fly around, when ppl can barely afford to survive? #lka Image
Protest Schedule May 22nd;

Keep organising!
Keep coming out!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Statement condemning the assault of Vivekanandan Priyangan, from Mullaitivu, who was assaulted by thugs allegedly linked to military intel.

We call on the State to not suppress the Tamils right to memorialise & reiterate our call to demilitarise the N&E!

Pls DM for pic credits. ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule May 23rd;

Keep coming out!
Keep organising!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule May 24th;

Keep coming out!
Keep organising wherever you are!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest calling for the arrest of Johnston Fernando outside the CID office, where he is currently being questioned over his involvement in the May 9th attack on GGG.

#ArrestJohnny
#ArrestMahinda
#ArrestDeshabandu

- fb.watch/dclOpza4qh/
Protest Schedule May 25th;

Keep coming out!
Keep organising wherever you are!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Also on today May 25th;

4.30pm - Gathering and discussion on understanding the current economic crisis from a feminist perspective, Niyaya Gama (Gandhi Park), Batticaloa
Come out in support of outspoken Vlogger, Dharshana Hadungoda, who has been summoned to the CID without being given a reason, in yet another act of suppression by the State, TODAY (25) at 10am, outside the CID in Fort! - facebook.com/10000723087952… Image
Looks like an all-star cast of racists & lap dogs have appeared in “support” of Hadungoda today!

Dilantha Withanage, former CEO of the BBS, responsible for anti-Muslim violence

Ananda Sagara Thero, friend of Rathana & Gnana, who led the #SaveWilpattu (from the Muslims) campaign ImageImage
Protest calling for the arrest of DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon for his involvement in the State sponsored mob attack on unarmed protestors at GGG on May 9th!

The State continues to arrest & intimidate protestors & social media activists, whilst the main perpetrators remain free! ImageImageImageImage
Teach Out in Tamil on the current economic crisis in #lka - Why, Who and What Next? - By Sarala Emmanuel, held at Nyaya Gama, Gandhi Park, Batticaloa today.

Teach Out slides were made from old cardboard.

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
*Sarala Emmanuel & Anuratha. R
Protest Schedule May 26th;

Keep coming out!
Keep organising wherever you are!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Stop State Suppression!

Release with immediate effect, environmentalist & activist, Vekandawala Rahula Himi, who has been arrested without cause today (26), by the Weeraketiya Police!

Let’s call for his release tmrw (27), at 9am, outside the Walasmulla District Court #lka Image
Protest Schedule May 27th;

Keep coming out!
Keep organsing!

Stop State suppression of protestors!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Let’s ALL mark Day 50 of the Galleface Aragalaya by marching to GGG, joining protests in our neighborhoods, hoisting black flags on our vehicles, houses, offices & taking flags with us to the queues!

Let’s show our protest wherever we are from tmrw onwards!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
Also TODAY May 28th;

1-2pm - Do the Constitutional Amendments proposed amidst the current Political and Economic crisis in #lka promote the interests of the people? at the Ppl’s University, GGG
@DineshaSam & @harindiMH Image
Also today May 28th;

2pm - Collective of Trade Unions & Mass Orgs, meet near CMU (Bala Tampoe Lane) to March to GGG

5pm - The Struggle is Not Over! Join us to mark 50 Days of the Galle Face Aragalaya, Gotagogama, Galle ImageImage
Protest Schedule for May 29th;

50+ Days of the Aragalaya!
Keep protesting whereever you are!
Hoist black flags!
Take black flags with you the the queues!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
People mark 50 Days of the Galle Face Aragalaya yesterday✊🏾

Artists, clergy, trade unions, families of the disappeared, and the general public came together to show their solidarity & continue to protest for #GotaGoHome✊🏾 #lka

#PowerToThePeople ImageImageImageImage
Matara Gotagogama really upping their game last night, calling for the end of the Ranil-Gota conspiracy & for #GotaGoHome

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Nuwara Eliya Gotagogama marked 50 Days of the Galle Face struggle yesterday, & carried out a awareness programme on the current crisis in the town. They hope to continue awareness programmes in the weeks to come as well.

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Galle Gotagogama marks 50 Days of the Galle Face Struggle yesterday✊🏾

Let’s keep protesting!
The struggle is not over!
We will not back down!

#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImage
Watch Now LIVE - Being a Young #Muslim Woman in #lka Today - @SisterhoodInLK - instagram.com/sisterhood.ini… ImageImageImage
On Day 17 of the #BattiWalk4Justice they also marked Day 50 of the Galle Face Aragalaya. They gathered under the ‘Tree for Justice' at Gandhi Park, Batticaloa - sang songs & carried/wore cartoons, walked around & met people & started conversations based on the cartoons.

#lka ImageImageImageImage
Families of the disappeared from the East joined families of the disappeared from the South, at GGG, today to mark International Day of the Disappeared tmrw (30th).

Justice for those subject to enforced disappearances in #lka

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota ImageImageImageImage
D.D. Dharmarathna told us with a wide smile that a cycle now costs almost 50k Since then, many offered to buy him one, but, he asks if instead a cycle could be made affordable to govt servants such as himself, as an alt mode of transport during this crisis fb.watch/diX1HxsD_K/?fs…
Professionals Ride for a Democratic Constitution from Parliament Rd to GGG this morning.

Defeat the Dictatorial 20th Amendment!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#Abolish20A
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule May 30th;

The struggle is not over!
Keep protesting wherever you are - however you can!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Also TODAY May 30th;

9.30am - Public protest & handing over of a Petition to the @IndiainSL demanding the release of #Kashmiri activist #KhurramParves Chairperson, Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), who’s been in prison custody in India for 189 days! Image
“My son was disappeared when he went to Jaffna to look for those disappeared after the war. It was Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Govt & Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the Defence Sec then,” says the father of Lalith Weeraraj at GGG, 12 yrs since the disappearance of his son.

#Justice4Lalith Image
Twelve years on, disappeared political activist, Lalith Weeraraj’s father is still in pursuit of truth & justice over the disappearance of his son. #Justice4LalithKugan - facebook.com/marisa.d.silva…
Day 45 of Gotagogama, Matara✊🏾

The struggle is not over!
Let’s keep going & growing!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GotaGoHome2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Families of the disappeared from the South protest outside the @IndiainSL today, calling for the release of #Kashmiri activist #KhurramParvez, Chairperson, Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, who’s been in prison in #India for 189 days now!

#FreeKhurramParvez ImageImageImageImage
Marking International Day of the Disappeared today, families of the #disappeared protested outside the @IndiainSL to #FreeKhurramParvez a #Kashmiri activist for the disappeared, who was unlawfully arrested by the Indian Govt on 22 Nov, 2021, & imprisoned for 190 days now. ImageImageImage
Protest Schedule May 31st;

Let’s keep protesting wherever we can - however we can!

The struggle is not yet over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Anuradhapura Gotagogama marks Day 50 of continuous aragalaya tmrw!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImage
Protest Schedule - June 01st;

Marking Day 50 of their continuous Struggle - Anuradhapura Gotagogama

41 years since the burning of Jaffna Library by State sponsored Mobs!

11 years since the killing of FTZ worker Roshen Shanaka!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota ImageImageImageImage
Today marks 41 yrs since the burning of the #JaffnaLibrary by State sponsored #Sinhala mobs. One of the largest libraries in Asia, it held over 97,000 irreplaceable books & manuscripts.

“Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.” - Heinrich Heine ImageImageImageImage
On 30 May, 2011, FTZ workers protested against a proposed new pension scheme introduced by the then Rajapaksa regime. The protestors were brutally dispersed, with 22 yr old Roshen Shanaka being shot & killed by the Police

His case is still ongoing - 11 yrs & still no Justice✊🏾 ImageImageImage
Anuradhapura Gotagogama marks Day 50 (June 1) of their Struggle today! More & more power to the Aragalaya!

Today @ Gotagogama, Anuradhapura (near new bus stand)

3pm - Performing Arts
4pm - Protest විරෝධතා උද්ඝෝෂණ
7pm - Music Performances

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota ImageImage
Commemorating 41 years since the burning of the #JaffnaLibrary by State sponsored mobs, on June 01st, 1981. Banner put up at the #Gotagogama Library, Galle Face.

May we never forget this unforgivable atrocity committed by the #lka State!

#Biblioclasm ImageImage
Powerful reading of the Sinhala translation of ‘Murder’- by Prof. M.A. Nuhman, at the 41 Year Commemoration of the Burning of the Jaffna Library by State sponsored Sinhala mobs, held at GGG, Galle Face, today.
A protest was held to mark the 11th year since the killing of Roshen Shanaka, a 22 yr old FTZ worker, who was protesting against a new pension scheme, in Katunayaka, in 2011, at GGG, Galle Face, today.

11 yrs on, they’re still waiting for justice!
#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule 02nd June;

Let’s keep protesting wherever we are and however we can🙏🏾

#powertothepeople #lka ImageImageImageImage
Presser on Now - Gotagogama, Galle Face protestors categorically refute claims of having met with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as claimed by the @PMDNewsGov yesterday. - facebook.com/lahiru.weerase…
Anuradhapura Gotagogama marked 50 Days of struggle yesterday✊🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
A thought provoking & essential performance & discussion, ‘Sex & the Arbhudaya’ - Stand Up Comedy by Nathasha Edirisooriya, @ GGG, yest. Would love to see more of this around #lka Sex & sexuality have been taboo 4 too long! It’s time to break the shackles!-fb.watch/dog4FEzQzm/
Protest Schedule June 03rd;

Keep coming out!

The struggle is not over!

Stop State suppression of protestors!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
4 youth aged 19-21 (includn 3 FTZ workers) were arrested on suspicion of burning a politician's car. Despite there being no 1st complaint, witnesses or evidence linking them to the offence, the police objected to bail & they were held in prison for 21 days & let out on bail today Image
The economic cost to the youth & their families for these illegal arrests will be felt by them in the coming days. Who will be held accountable for the State oppression of FTZ workers who put their lives at risk & worked through the pandemic so #lka could stay afloat? Image
Why is Mahinda Rajapakse who was responsible for the attack on peaceful protestors on 9th May at GGG Galle Face, still free & attending Parliament, while young boys are being illegally incarcerated by the police? ImageImageImageImage
FTZ workers & activists protest against State oppression at Awariwatte junction, Katunayaka today!

Stop arresting & intimidating protestors!

#GoHomeGota2022 #lka
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾
A joint protest was held opposite the Awariwatte Police, condemning the arbitrary arrest of workers in Katunayake. Protestors demanded the demilitarisation of the Zones, the arrest of politicians who instigated May 9 violence & to hold those stealing workers' wealth to account. ImageImageImageImage
The latest gama in town - Ratnapura #Gotagogama💪🏾

Keep coming out!
The struggle is not over!
#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Keep coming out!
Keep organising!
The struggle is not over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
The Ogha Collective performs at the #Anuradhapura #Gotagogama, as they marked Day 50 of their struggle on June 01. This was their 10th performance in support of the People’s Struggle to send Gota Home.

Pix by Sithija Akash

#GoHomeGota2022
#Streetperformance
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 ImageImageImage
Mass Protest against the Gota-Ranil unholy union, ongoing from Gampola-Kandy Gotagogama✊🏾

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas -
fb.watch/dqLNkQFQfY/
Watch all Day 50 events from #Galle #Gotagogama LIVE TODAY via their FB page. - facebook.com/11120981489510…
Protest Schedule June 05th;
World Environment Day💚
Day 50 of Struggle Gotagogama Kandy!

Keep protesting!
Keep organising!
#powertothepeople✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
And another new gama has emerged - Ja-Ela Gotagogama 💪🏾

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Gotagogama Galle marked 50 Days of Struggle yesterday. More and more power to the struggle✊🏾

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Day 50 #Gotagogama #Kandy events today (05);

11am - Antharey Convention
11.30am - Street Drama, Body painting by Jehan Appuhami, “Chauravanshaya” Drama
2.30pm - Gamey Protest
4.30pm - Musical event

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
#Fishermen join Matara Gotagogama in a powerful protest as they marked 50 days of struggle yest (4)!

Fishermen are unable to go to sea without fuel & are therefore deprived of a regular income & a means of providing for their families!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota ImageImageImageImage
Matara Gotagogama marked 50 days of struggle yesterday (04), with people storming the streets in protest!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
#WorldEnvironmentDay events at GGG, Galle Face today!

Tree planting, plant distribution, painting & a discussion at the GGG School, was organized by the GGG Environmental Community, today💚

#GoGreen
#Ecocide
#sustainability
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
People’s Protest March against environmental destructors yesterday, to mark #WorldEnvironmentDay #lka #Gotagogama Environmental Community.

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule June 06th;

Keep coming out!
Keep protesting!
The struggle is not over!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule June 06th;

Keep coming out!
Keep protesting!
The struggle is not over!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Veteran Theatre Director & Actor, Jerome De Silva, conducted a theatre workshop for children & youth, at GGG, Galle Face, on Sunday (05).

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImage
Protest Schedule June 08th;

Keep protesting!
The struggle is not over yet!
Protest wherever you are!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Also today (8th);

5pm - Suggerings, sacrifices and the struggle - Kalyananda Perera, Ppls Uni, GGG Image
Protest Schedule June 09th;

Two months of GGG, Galle Face!
One month since the May 09th State sponsored mob attack at GGG, Galle Face!

Keep protesting!
Keep coming out!
The struggle is not over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule June 10th;

Keep protesting whereever you are!
Keep coming out!
Hoist a black flag on your house, vehicle or office!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksa

@DineshaSam @LuwieNiranjan ImageImageImageImage
Deaf Community at GGG really sticks it to the Man✊🏾

#powertothepeople #lka
#gohomegota
#gohomerajapaksas - facebook.com/10000294253496…
Something special tmrw at a location that’s close to my heart❤️💪🏾

PLEASE JOIN & Let’s make some damn noise!!!!👊🏾

Kitchen Lament
Bring anything from your kitchen that can make a big noise and come tmrw (Sat 11th) at 6pm, to the Kohuwela junction!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka Image
சமையலறை ஆதங்கப் போராட்டம்

எமது சமையலறை ஆதங்கங்களை முழு உலகும் கேட்கட்டும் . ஒலியெழுப்ப கூடிய சமையல் உபகரணங்களோடு நாளை (சனிக்கிழமை 11ம் திகதி) மாலை 6 மணிக்கு கொகுவெல சந்திக்கு அருகில் சந்திப்போம்.

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka Image
Protest Schedule June 11th;

Keep protesting whereever you are!
Keep coming out!
Hoist a black flag on your house, vehicle or office!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksa ImageImageImageImage
Also today (June 11th);

4pm - Protest, Women for Freedom Movement, Galle town

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas Image
Come on out at 6pm to the Kohuwela junc and let’s make some noise cos clearly these damn leaders are tone deaf! 😡💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImage
Kohuwela junction on fire tonight💪🏾🔥

People come out with their pots & pans, during a power cut & fuel queues on either side, to mark their protest!

Let’s turn up the heat in all our neighborhoods once more!

LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!

#takebackourpower✊🏾
#GoHomeGota
Kohuwela junction today💪🏾

Back to basics but louder!
Much, much louder!!!

Let’s organise loud protests in all our neighborhoods!!!

#takebackourpower✊🏾
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Justice Village held in Batticaloa today. Traditional Dutch Burgher community music mixed with a equality song by Batticaloa women.

#TakeBackOurPower✊🏾 #lka
#GotaPalayang
#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule June 12th;

More and more queues!
More and more crisis!
More and more games being played by leaders!
So let’s have more and more protests!

The struggle is not over!
Protest loudly wherever you are!
#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota ImageImageImageImage
People’s Protest in Malabe today💪🏾

Let’s keep protesting loudly wherever we are!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest outside Dhammika Perera’s house ON NOW! -

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas

- facebook.com/shabeer.kmoham…
A Community Kitchen in Galle, provided lunch for 250 people struggling due to the ongoing economic crisis. It was a joint initiative by the people of Galwalagoda Kanda & Godadenigama, Galle.

People coming together to support each other, whilst the Govt continues to play games! ImageImageImageImage
Come out to Kohuwela junction from 6-8pm TODAY! Don’t forget your pots, pans, lids, plates, spoons….whatever makes a noise!

Also a location schedule for this week, with more locations to follow….💪🏾

Please do organise noisy protest in your neighbourhoods!

#TakeBackOurPower ImageImageImage
Protest Schedule June 13th;

Keep coming out and protesting loudly!

The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Tuk drivers join in the Kohuwela junction protest yesterday, as they waste hours and hours in the never ending fuel queues, in the hope of getting fuel so they can earn a living. Others in the queue joined in too.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
Also on TODAY June 13th;

5pm - Get onto the streets! It’s the only solution to the struggle! - Bring any utensil from home that can make a noise and come to Gotagogama, Kandy!💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas Image
Another Hatti-Mutti protest TODAY June 13th;

7pm - At the Katubedda junction traffic lights 🚦 Moratuwa

Let’s turn up the noise!!!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImage
And at 6-8pm opposite the Hondahitha Petrol Shed, Nugegoda

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Hatti-Mutti protest going strong at Gotagogama, Kandy💪🏾

Let’s make some noise!!!!

Vid via Sakuna Gamage

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Katubedda junc, Moratuwa going strong on their first day💪🏾💪🏾

Keep coming out & organising!

Keep fighting!

Vid by Rebecca David.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule June 14th;
Keep coming out & organising!
Keep fighting!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Day 32 of the #BattiWalk4Justice walks through endless fuel queues in Batticaloa, People stand in queues for hours on end to get basic essentials needed to cook or carry out their livelihoods. Small businesses are shutting down. Fishermen can’t go to sea. Where will this end?
Rajagiriya hutti-mutti protest in full flow today💪🏾

Let’s keep coming out and making noise!!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#JaffnaPride ❤️✊🏾🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

#Pride2022
#PrideMonth ImageImageImageImage
Protestors from GGG joined beach clean-up of Galle Face beach, organized by Surakimu Sri Lanka today.

#GoGreen💚 #lka
#NOtoLitter
#Recycle
#EnvironmentalJustice ImageImageImageImage
Katubedda, Moratuwa hatti-mutti protest today - small but fiery💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule June 15th;

Keep coming out!
Keep fighting!
Keep making noise!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Three-wheel drivers block the road in Dehiwela this morning in protest of not getting fuel.

“All of you in Parliament must be made of metal - to just watch us suffer like this. We have children we have to feed. You have enough to eat! What are we to eat?”

#GoHomeGota #lka
And in true #lka govt style, their solution to all life’s problems - Intimidation & Suppression!

GoSL, intimidation isn’t going to feed mouths, so your go-to modus operandi is not going to work!

Yesterday at Nawala junction.

#GotaGoHome
#SriLankaCrisis
Military being brought in to the Dehiwela shed now too. Maybe if the Govt can put in as much effort into resolving the crisis/providing interim relief to daily wage workers, small businesses etc. as they put into rolling out the military at every turn, it might make more sense?
People block the road in Vavuniya town due to the non supply of fuel!

Does the govt have any plan to resolve these issues beyond calling out the military??? @RW_UNP @kanchana_wij
Vid via @Vinojana9
ඔයාලා මෙතන වෙපොන් එකක් තියාගෙන මේ නිකං හිටියට වැඩක් නැහැ! මොකද්ද මේ වෙන්නේ? අරහේ මිනිස්සු 2kmකට වඩා පෝලිමේ ඉන්නවා. තෙල් නැහැ! ඉවරයි. බයිසිකල් එන්නම බෑ. ඒකනිසා ටැංකිය ගලවන් අවා!

#FuelShortage #lka
#GotaGoHome
#EconomicCrisis
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Mount Lavinia hatti-mutti protest in front of a petrol shed which has endless daily fuel queues that last all day & night.

Keep coming out and protesting!
Don’t get used to the crisis!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule June 16th;

Keep coming out!
Keep organizing!
Don’t get used to the crisis!
Let’s keep fighting!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Police arrests & manhandling of women & men in fuel queues in Batticaloa yesterday, just because they can get away with it!

Catch them trying to do this in South!😡

What right does the Police have to treat people suffering in queues, like this? Who will hold them accountable?
Galle Face GGG protestors tie black cloth on vehicles in fuel queues in memory of the 3-wheel driver who died in the fuel queue this morning.

How many more deaths is it going to take? How much more blood do you want on your hands @GotabayaR @PresRajapaksa @RW_UNP @kanchana_wij
Protest against the Gota-Modi-#Adani Energy Deal, today outside the Ministry of Power #lka

Yes to #RenewableEnergy💚
No to Gota-Modi-Adani corrupt deals!

#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
“Stop #Adani, Stop Adani!”

“Hands off #SriLanka

Chant protestors against the corrupt Gota-Modi-Adani energy deal, outside the @IndiainSL yesterday!

Yes to renewable energy!
Stop selling #lka

#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule June 17th;

Let’s keep fighting!
Keep organising!
Protest at your nearest neighborhood!

Hoist black flags your houses, vehicles, queues!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GohomeGota
#RajapaksasGoHome ImageImageImageImage
Also today June 17th;

5.30pm - Social Media + Politics, Damith Kethaka, Citizens Forum (Black Tent), GGG

6-8pm - Kitchen Lament, bring your pots & pans to make some noise, Thunmulla junction

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImage
Vavuniya people protest #fuelshortages & block roads today. If there’s no fuel, then give subsidies at least to daily wage earners & informal sector workers who need fuel to survive! How many more people need to die for you to start doing your jobs? @RW_UNP @kanchana_wij #lka
Brilliant Hatti-Mutti protest in Gampola yesterday!

Let’s keep going!
Let’s keep fighting!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protestors from GGG, Galle Face provide lunch packets with people in endless fuel queues in Slave Island today❤️✊🏾

Sharing what we have cos we can’t expect the State to provide for us.

#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#TakeBackOurPower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
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“How can I go home without petrol? This is how I look after my family. I have been in the queue for two days now. How am I to make a living like this?” said a three wheel driver in tears from Vavuniya.

The pain of our ppl means nothing to the leaders of #lka

#GoHomeGota
What authority does the Police have to assault, strangle & pull a pistol out on people suffering in day long fuel queues? Is this not excessive force? And for commmitting what crime?
@sajithpremadasa @ShanakiyanR @anuradisanayake @MASumanthiran

- fb.watch/dIijOXjq2w/
Protest against the use of excessive force by the Police, ongoing outside the Kurunegala Police station now!

Stop the repression of unarmed civilians & protestors!

#StopPoliceBrutality
#Rambukkana
#Batticaloa
#Kurunegala ImageImageImageImage
More State suppression!

Fort Magistrate orders Police to arrest 9 key Aragala leaders, including IUSF Convenor - Wasantha Mudalige, political activists - Lahiru Weerasekera, Jehan Appuhami, Jagath Manuwarna, Dhammika Munasinghe, Eranga Gunasekara & YouTube influencer Ratta. Image
Protest Schedule June 18th;

STOP State suppression of civilians & unarmed protesters!
We will not be silenced!
We will stand together & fight!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas

Pix by - Dinusha Udayanga Samarathunaga ImageImageImageImage
Police brutality against ppl suffering in queues, at the Athurugiriya petrol shed tonight.

Or is this your heinous modus operandi to impose curfew & shut down the country, so you won’t have to face your complete failure to deliver? @GotabayaR @RW_UNP @PresRajapaksa @kanchana_wij
Any connection between images 1 & 2 I wonder🤔🙄

All State University hostels have been asked to shut down & students to be sent home. Coincide or more pathetic attempts by the State to suppress?😡

We will not be silenced!
Stop State suppression!

#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImage
People protest outside the Kurunegala Police station against arrests & excessive force used against people suffering in fuel queues.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Gampola is preparing for their protest against #PoliceBrutality & the use of excessive force against people in fuel queues TODAY at 2pm, near the Samarakoon Petrol Shed, Gampola!

Pix by Thushara Gallessage.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest against #PoliceBrutality & the use of excessive force on people waiting in fuel queues, held in Athurugiriya today💪🏾

Pix by Mahendra Dhammika.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Stop State suppression of protestors & #PoliceBrutality on people suffering in queues, held at Gotagogama, Matara today.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
People’s Protest along the Highlevel Road, Nugegoda today!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest against #PoliceBrutality & excessive force used on people suffering in the fuel queues, held in Gampola today. -

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas

- facebook.com/thushara.galle…
අපි ඔබ සමගයි!
நாங்கள் உங்களுடன் இருக்கிறோம்!
We are with you! ❤️✊🏾

අපි මේ සටන ජයගමු!
இந்தப் போரை நாம் வெற்றிகொள்வோம்!
Let’s win this fight✊🏾

Lahiru, Wasantha, Jehan, Jagath, DaMmIkA, Eranga, Ratta Rathkarawwe Jinarathana Himi, Siridhamma Galwewa Himi

Stop State Suppression! Image
People created a human chain between Temple Trees and GGG today, and marched in protest to GGG today.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Mirihana, Rambukkana, Batti, K’gala, Athurugiriya, Mullaitivu…all violent attacks by the Police & army on desperate ppl @ fuel queues. But we in the South still can’t comprehend that the Police & military are arms of the State. They will not protect us.

They are NOT “with us”! ImageImageImageImage
The #military being called in to carry out Police duties & being violent against unarmed civilians, is nothing new to the North & East, but, will the outcry from the South be as resounding as it was for Kurunegala yest? If not, what kind of system change are we really asking for?
Protest Schedule June 19th;

They are trying to break us!
They are trying to scare us!
We will not be silenced!
We will keep fighting!
Stop State suppression & #PoliceBrutality against people in queues!

#powertothepeople #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Vavuniya - Hard working, productive people must now resort to running behind fuel bowsers in order to survive.

This is what people’s lives have been reduced to.

So called leaders of #lka how do you sleep at night?

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
ආන්ඩුව එලවන රැල්ලට සෙට් වෙන්න!
Join the wave to chase out the Govt!

The Inter Uni Student Federation appeals to the general public to get on the streets & join their protest tmrw at 12pm at Lipton Circus!

Protest wherever you are!
Hoist black flags!

fb.watch/dKK-fJ3ny_/?mi…
A police jeep was parked by the Gotagoyaya daily protest (since April 7) in Thimbirigasyaya today. They had asked protesters if they were part of the Kussiye Vilapaya. The jeep remained till 7.30pm when the protest finished & a 2nd jeep had pulled up nearby.

Why so scared Gota? ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule June 20th;

National Day of Mourning declared by GGG, as Gota turns 73!

Stop State suppression & arrests of protestors!
Stop assaulting & using excessive force on people suffering in fuel queues!

#GoHomeGota #lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Police arresting Galle Face protestors now! @A_Bandara94 & others have been arrested. His phone has also been taken. He was arrested whilst doing this Live. Govt cracking down on unarmed protestors.

@RW_UNP is this the support you promised GGG? - fb.watch/dLFyfMB8sW/?mi…
@GotabayaR celebrates his Bday by arresting unarmed, young protesters from GGG this morn, including activist, @A_Bandara94 (arrest pic attached)!

Meanwhile @RW_UNP is meeting with the @IMFNews

FY Urgent Attn @USEmbSL @EU_in_Sri_Lanka @SingerHanaa @HRCSriLanka @saliyapieris ImageImageImageImage
As of now, 19 unarmed, young protesters, including a Buddhist monk and @A_Bandara94 have been arrested this morn from GGG & are currently being held @ the Peliyagoda Police station.

Meanwhile, there’s heavy military presence at Galle Face now. COME NOW & support the Aragalaya✊🏾
*21 arrested it seems.
Board outside @UNGeneva a few hrs aft the arrest of @A_Bandara94 & 20 other young, unarmed protestors, including a Buddhist monk.

We call for the unconditional release of all protestors & for the GoSL to STOP the arrest & suppression of protestors around #lka

@SingerHanaa Image
The IUSF massive protest march from Lipton to Fort Railway today💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
A special rendition of Happy B’day to failed president Gotabaya Rajapaksa! 👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule June 21st;

Stop the arrest and State suppression of protestors!

Stop the assault and harassment of people suffering in fuel queues!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
20 June, 2022 - GGG protestors "delay" IMF meeting lu.

21 Jan, 2022 - "IMF එකට යන එක නෙමෙයි. රට ආර්ථික වශයෙන් ශක්තිමත් කරනවා." (We don't need to go to the IMF. We'll strengthen the economy.) - Basil Rajapaksa -
@Jamz5251 @Dinouk_C @SharminiDNS
🤔🤔 ImageImageImage
Day 41 - #BattiWalk4Justice Daily Walk going steady and strong with Malli🐕 also in tow🥰❤️✊🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Also today June 21st;

4.30pm - Kitchen Lament, bring your pots & pans to make some noise, opposite Kandy Store, Highlevel Rd

6-8pm - Kitchen Lament, bring your pots & pans to make some noise, Wijerama junction, Nugegoda

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImage
Hatti-Mutti protest opposite on Highlevel Rd, Kirulopana going strong today💪🏾

Keep protesting wherever you are!
The struggle is wherever you can organise!
Let’s finish this off!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Teachers involved in paper marking protest in Kandy yesterday!💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Light Up protest at Independence Square today, where protestors also sticker vehicles with ‘Gota Go Home’💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
#LandForTheLandless #plantation workers protest held in Hatton yest

"මේ රටට ඇවිල්ලා අපි දැන් අවුරුදු 200කට වැඩී. වැඩිපුරම ඩොලර් ගෙනව මිනිස්සු. ඒත් තවමත් ඉඩම් කැබැල්ලක හිමිකමක් නැති, හරි හමන් පෝෂණයක් සහිත අහාරයක් නොමැති, කිසිදු සමාජ ආරක්ෂණයක් නොමැති ජනතාවකි.”

Via Renuka Sampath ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule June 22nd;

Keep coming out!
Protest wherever you are!
Hoist black flags!
Take flags with you to the fuel queues!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Cheap tactics to intimidate & suppress protestors!

GGG protestor, Amal Salinda, arrested on June 20, is yet to be released.

Police walk into FSP Office on the pretext of issuing a warrant, but, refuse to tell members there who the warrant was for! - fb.watch/dNSRDRINAV/?mi… Image
Come outside the Fort Magistrate Court at 2pm today to call for the immediate release of Aragala protestors Lahiru, Dhammika, @ErangaGunaseka2, Jagath, Jehan, Ratta & Jinarathana himi.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas Image
Protestors sing protest songs outside the Maradana Police, following the arrest of 7 Aragala protestors - Lahiru, Jehan, Jagath, Ratta, Dhammika, @ErangaGunaseka2 & Jinarathana himi this morning.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Gampola Aragalaya marked 100 Days today with an Evening of Guitars, performing protest music.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule June 23rd;

Release Unconditionally ALL protestors arbitrarily arrested by the State!

Stop the State Suppression of Protestors!

Arrest orchestrators of May 9th violence on unarmed protestors! @PresRajapaksa, Johnny, @RajapaksaNamal, Deshabandu Tennakoon

#lka ImageImageImageImage
Release all protestors arbitrarily arrested by the State!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas Image
Protest Schedule June 24th;

Release Unconditionally ALL protestors arbitrarily arrested by the State!

Arrest orchestrators of May 9th violence on unarmed protestors! @PresRajapaksa, Johnny, @RajapaksaNamal, Deshabandu Tennakoon

Pix by Rebecca David ImageImageImageImage
Of the 7 protestors who were arrested last week, Jehan Appuhami DaMmIkA MuNaSiNgHe, Jagath Manuwarna & Eranga Gunasekara were granted bail today. But, they’ve decided to stay in prison till Lahiru Weerasekara, Jinarathana Himi & Ratta too are released!

Aragalayata Jayawewa✊🏾 Image
Protest Schedule June 25th;

#PrideParade🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
#Pride2022
#LoveIsLove🥰
#Repeal365

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
The LGBTIQ+ community made #lka history this yr by organising the 1st publicly held Pride Marches🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ in Jaffna & Colombo in June!

Today was truly a phenomenal experience, where even for 1 moment in time, people were free to be whoever & whatever they wanted to be❤️

#loveislove ImageImageImageImage
About 400 from the #LGBTIQ+ community, families & allies joined the Aragala #Pride March today in Colombo!

It was a riot of colour & love ❤️
Let’s hope we can hold on to these moments & make real change in #lka someday soon!

#loveislove
#repeal365
#GoHomeGota
Because everyone’s struggles must be part of our collective struggle✊🏾❤️

Stop militarization of the North & East!

Is the law for the politicians or for the people?

Let’s not get used to the queues! Let’s come out against them!

#pride #lka
#PrideMonth 🏳️‍⚧️ ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule June 26th;

Enough being patient!
Let’s get to the streets!
Let’s finish this fight!
Protest wherever you are!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas

Pix by Dinusha Udayanga ImageImageImageImage
One more event today June 26th;

5.30pm - Join the Wave to Chase Them Out, Near KZone, Ja-Ela

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule June 27th;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
A #CommunityKitchen in WeliOya provided meals to 600 people in need of a proper meal, on Friday (24).

People helping people cos the Govt is clearly not!

Pix by Vimukthi de Silva. ImageImageImageImage
Kiribathgoda neighborhood daily protest started today! Small but powerful. Let’s join/start neighborhood protests. We need to finish this fight!

Keep organizing!
Keep coming out!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule June 28th;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Todays neighbourhood protest in Kelaniya going strong! 💪🏾

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule June 29th;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas

Pix from Athurugiriya Protest, by Mahendra Dhammika. ImageImageImageImage
Some vehicle protests in York Street and Gampaha today. Hope more join in!

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImage
More State Suppression!

Peaceful protestors cleared from off the top of the Galle Fort by the Galle Police, as protestors stand holding up #GoHomeGota placards during the Test match vs. Aussie today.

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka ImageImage
More Arbitrary arrests of protestors by the #lka State!

Four members of the United National Self-Employed Businessmen’s Association, including Association President, Pradeep Charles, were arbitrarily arrested whilst protesting in Chatham Street today. -
Protest Schedule June 30th;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
**There will be NO flower road fuel shed protest today!**
Military trying to clear out protestors chanting #GoHomeGota on the Galle Fort. Protestors question what authority the military has to be involved in civilian affairs!

Many Tamils & Muslims who live with #militarisation daily do not have the privilege of posing this question.
It is of utmost importance to ask this, & other related questions to do with the military & its role in civilian affairs. I just hope we will raise it as strongly when it arises in the NE, as we do when it happens in the South.

That’s real system change! -m.facebook.com/story.php?stor…
Take your hands off the freedom of expression - Protest on at the Galle Fort now!

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Galle Fort this evening✊🏾

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

Pix by Ishara Kodikara.

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImage
Starting with just 2 earlier this week, Kiribathgoda protestors have turned up the ante in a big way💪🏾💪🏾

'වරෙව් කොල්ලෝ - වරෙව් කෙල්ලෝ'
මීට කිරිබත්ගොඩ අපි!

Let’s all protest where we can!
As often as we can!

The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Protest Schedule July 01st;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!
#FreedomFridays

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
✊🏾❤️

Lahiru Weerasekara, Rathindu Senarathne(Ratta) & Rathkarawwe Jinarathana Thera, granted bail by Fort Magistrate: Reporter- dailymirror.lk
Swasthika Arulingam questions Left men in academia & politics “..why would we (women) enter a space where our male colleagues will not stand by us when we are sexually harassed? …when instead of solidarity, we get bullied.” Ppls Uni, GGG - fb.watch/d_Zgs5gLvr/?mi…
Unpacking the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and understanding it’s implications, by @ErmizaTegal & @ambikasat - facebook.com/watch/live/?re…
Protest Schedule July 02nd;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Lawyers carried out a Satyagraha to chase out the oppressive Govt. today at Aluthkade.

Let’s everyone get to the streets!
Let’s finish this struggle!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Gampola youth have taken to the streets! Let’s keep this fire ignited! One last shove!
Let’s finish what we started!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#GotaGoHome
Kiribathgoda takes the cake!!! 👏🏾 👏🏾

People hoist an effigy of Gota to his own Election Song!!! 💪🏾

“Viruwa” Fail!

Fail is Fail!
The country is not your Re-Sit!
Time to F off Gota!

#PowerToThePeople #lka
People’s Protests all over today! We need everyone on the streets now! Enough is enough!

Pix & footage from Mount, Kirulopana & Diyatha Uyana protests held today, and Awariwatte, Katunayake last night✊🏾- facebook.com/501832707/post…
Protest Schedule July 03rd;

Let’s give one final heave!
Let’s finish what we started!
We have waited long enough!
Everyone, to the Streets!
It’s Now or Never!

#EndGame
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoHomeGota2022
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 4th;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 05th;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#EndGame
#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 06th;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
The Trade Union Coordination Center & the United People’s Movement organised a protest at Maharagama yesterday. The staff of many nearby hospitals and the general public too joined.

#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Kiribathgoda People’s Protest and March last night💪🏾

#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#powertothepeople✊🏾
Protest Schedule July 07th;

Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#EndGame
#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
Kandy turning up the heat in the lead up to the 9th!

#EndGame
Everyone, let’s get to the streets!
It’s now or never!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
One by one they are killing us as we suffer in endless queues

One by one starving, desperate parents resort to suicide with their kids

One by one the Police & military abuse & assault us in queues

One by one we fight back….but,

What IF we fight back ALL AT ONCE?

#July9✊🏾 Image
Protest protests everywhere!!!

Let’s keep going!!

Palayang yako! - facebook.com/501832707/post…
Igniting the Aragalaya, people march from Chilaw to Colombo for the 9th mass protest!💪🏾

Get to the streets!
It’s now or never!

#endgame
#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
Thrinikayika Bikshu start their Sathyagrahaya (fast unto death) today, in Fort. Other clergy come in large numbers to support.

#GotaGoHome
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#EndGame ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 08th;

Get to the streets!
It’s now or never!

#endgame
#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas

Pic 2 by @Amaliniii ImageImageImageImage
Antharey doing what they do best, paves the way for July 9💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

Get to the Streets!

#EndGame
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas

Pic credit @ThilinaKalu Image
Stopping IOC lu. Stopping CTB lu. Road blocks lu…

යකෝ නන්දෙ, තොපි මොනා කරත් අපි එනවා!
#පල_නන්දෙ Image
Antharey is joined by artists who are performing protest songs at the barrier outside WTC, with Police and military watching on. Water cannon tanks and tear gas are of course close at hand.

Come to the streets!
#July9
#GotaGoHome
#EndGame
#PowerToThePeople
Two reminders for July 9!

1. All marches should converge at Fort station. NOT GGG.

2. IF anyone is blocked/stopped on the way here, a list of lawyers names & no’s will be shared sn. Pls contact them. If there are lawyers amongst you, please explain that the curfew is unlawful ImageImageImage
STF has been brought in to join the Police near the barricade outside WTC where Antharey is carrying out an all night vigil, chanting slogans & singing protest songs.

Why bring in the Big Boys Gota-Ranil? Why are unarmed student protestors such a threat?

#EndGame
#GotaGoHome ImageImageImage
The @HRCSriLanka has directed the IGP to withdraw his illegal order imposing curfew. It has observed that the State after having failed to obtain a court order to prevent the march, is now attempting to curtail the march by illegal means. - @saliyapieris President - @BASLSl Image
Protest Schedule July 09 - D-Day✊🏾

Everyone to the Streets!
If stopped, protest whereever you are stopped!
DO NOT GO BACK HOME!

#EndGame
#GoHomeGota ImageImageImageImage
July 09th, 3am - Antharey still on fire🔥✊🏾

Police & STF still stand behind the barricades protecting a failed President & Prime Minister with no mandate of the people.

Get to the Streets TODAY!
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
Go to Jail Gota!
The youth of #lka robbed of their education, employment & peace of mind, are fighting for their futures!

Antharey students sleep on the streets of Fort, whilst more students continue chanting slogans at the barricade.

Come TODAY & fight for each & everyone of us✊🏾

#July9 ImageImageImageImage
People pouring in from all sides!
This is literally a fight for our lives!
Their Court Orders failed…
Their unlawful curfew failed…
Their forced bus & trains closures failed…
Their data blocks failed…

The people must WIN!
The people will WIN!
#EndGame
#GoHomeGota✊🏾 ImageImageImage
Military and Police block and have started tear gassing the general public protesting for their lives!

Suppression and violence is all the State knows and their immediate go to when they know they are failed.

#powertothepeople✊🏾
Protest Schedule July 11th;

We will not back down till you leave!
Let’s keep fighting!
The struggle is not over!

#takebackourpower✊🏾#lka
#GotaPoda
#GotaPalayang
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImageImage
So much has happend in the span of 48 hrs.

A rollercoaster of emotions - euphoria, sadness, anxiety, anger…

From dousing fires abt who set fires, to discussions abt if public funded spaces should be open to the public.

The battle is almost won but, also just beginning… ImageImageImage
Day 59 of the #BattiWalk4Justice Porattam (struggle) held on July 09th, in solidarity with the Galle Face Aragalaya which called the country to Colombo.

The struggle is not over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#ResignGota
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanil
Protest Schedule July 12th;

The struggle is not over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#ResignGota
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanil ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 13th;

COME TO GGG TODAY!
Let’s finish what we started!
Let’s kick out Gota & Ranil!
The struggle is not over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#ResignGota
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanil ImageImageImageImage
Now at the Presidential Secretariat, Galle Face. Speeches and musical performances whilst protestors wait for news of the President and Prime Minister (now Acting President 🙄) to resign!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
The damn “fascists” are singing at Galle Face & the PM’s Office! How dare they!!!🤯😱

*clutch pearls and exit!

#PowerToThePeople #lka
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeGota
@exfrotezter 👆🏽
RW doing what he does best!

Priorities:
Beefing up military presence in & around Parliament today.

Usage of CS gas, which killed a protestor yest & has lead to the hospitalization of many others.

Rumours of violent crackdowns on protestors & sites. - fb.watch/efoZuG2x4P/
Early celebs at GGG as protestors await Gota’s official resignation letter! What a historic win for the people! Let’s hope we can build a new #lka that is truly historic and brings about a system change that benefits us all!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾
#GoHomeRanil
#GoHomeGota
As we are stand on the brink of a historic political moment in #lka let’s not forget those we lost along the way. Ours hearts are heavy that u r not here with us today, but u will always live in our hearts & ur love for #lka & ur need for change, will never be forgotten❤️😔 Image
Protest Schedule July 15th;

EVERYONE COME to GGG in the morning to celebrate Gota’s resignation!!!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#GotaGoToJail
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanil ImageImageImageImage
Overnight fuel queues seen on “Resignation Day”. Yes, the crisis will not get better overnight or anytime soon, but, the people badly need a win!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka
#GoToJailGota
#RanilResign
#GoHomeRajapaksas ImageImageImage
No justice for war crimes, enforced disappearances, abductions, forced cremations, Islamaphobia, murders, massacres….for now!

But after months of people shedding blood, sweat and tears, he’s finally GONE!

Now begins the next struggle to get shameless RW out!

Pic via BBC Image
Why is military being deployed around Walukarama Rd/Fifth Lane?

Ranil on the move? MR? BR? So many moving pieces. So many back-door deals!

Anyone can shed some light?
For anyone who thinks War Criminal, Sarath Fonseka is a good idea to “lead” #lka, think again!

This is what Colombo looks like today, & what has been the norm in the North & East for decades.

In the new #lka we should be looking to #demilitarise NOT solidify it further! ImageImageImageImage
Gota resigns.

Ranil finally fulfills his wet dream & now prioritises beefing up security for MPs & setting up a committee comprising tri-forces & Police to ensure “law & order”

Meanwhile people around #lka languish in mile-long queues, unable to work or fend for their families.
As triggering as celebratory Kiribath (milk rice) & fire crackers are, especially to Tamils who had to endure the same in 2009, seeing Kiribathgoda (a SB heartland), many of whom might have celebrated GRs win this way, celebrate his resignation too today, is oddly satisfying. ImageImageImageImage
Gotagogama Galle held a protest calling for the resignation of @RW_UNP today!

They also called to Abolish the Executive Presidency!

#GoHomeRanil
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 16th;

MPs vote according to the mandate of the people!

The struggle is not over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanil ImageImageImageImage
Join the protest TODAY at 1pm outside the Indian HC, calling for the immediate release of Indian student protesters who were arrested by the @DelhiPolice on July 14, as they protested in solidarity with the #lka struggle✊🏾

Pix via ISPMSL

#PowerToThePeople ImageImageImageImage
Protest outside the Indian HC today, calling for the release of Indian students who were arrested on July 14th for protesting in solidarity with the Struggle in #lka

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
Protest held a protest in Kotagala, Nuwara Eliya, today, calling for the resignation of Ranil, and in appreciation of people’s protestors for the victories achieved so far.

NO to “Deal” Politics!

#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka
#RanilResign
#GoHomeRanil ImageImageImageImage
Protestors remembered all the People’s heroes who died & were killed in the Aragalaya (struggle), at GGG today😔

Thank you for your love for #lka and wanting real change in our country. You will live on in our hearts.

May you rest in power✊🏾❤️ ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 17th;

100 Days of the Galle Face Struggle✊🏾❤️

The struggle is not over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾#lks
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanil ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 18th;

The struggle is not over!

We didn’t fight so hard to make Ranil’s dreams come true!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#ResignRanil
#GoToJailGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanila ImageImageImageImage
Ranil instructs the CID to investigate those “threatening” MPs on how to vote on July 20th.

Ranil also to rebuild houses of SLPP MPs that were “destroyed” on May 9th, to help MPs vote on July 20th?🤔

වධ නොදී පලයං රනිල්! ImageImage
Protest Schedule July 19th;

We have chased out Gota, you (in parliament), at least kick out Ranil!

The struggle is not over!

We didn’t fight so hard to make Ranil’s dreams come true!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#ResignRanil
#GoToJailGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanila ImageImageImageImage
Large People’s Protest calling for the resignation of Ranil & MPs to vote according to the mandate of the people, held today.

The struggle is not over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#ResignRanil
#GoToJailGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanila ImageImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 20th;

MPs vote according to the mandate of the people!

We didn’t fight so hard to make Ranil’s dreams come true!

The struggle is not over!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#ResignRanil
#GoToJailGota
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanila ImageImageImageImage
MPs heed the mandate of the people!
Aragaley Sathyaghrahaya ON NOW at the Presidential Secretariat✊🏾

Please join!

#PowerToThePeople #lka Image
Protestors react to the appointment of Ranil Wickramasinghe by the parliament who disregarded the mandate of the people and voted in Ranil, a failed leader with no political or people’s mandate.

Today the Parliament clearly showed that it has no regard for the will of the ppl.
The Gotagogama in Embilipitiya has been attacked by a violent mob earlier tonight.

Ranil already hard at work?

We will not be silenced!
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Ranil deploys military to dismantle GGG in the middle of the night (NOW), hours after GGG protestors announced that they will be leaving the Presidential Secretariat later today.

Unarmed protestors are being chased out of GGG by the military now! - facebook.com/aragalayafm/vi…
This is the face of Ranil!

For all who said “give him a chance”, take a long, hard look at this!

The Military assaults unarmed protestors at GGG now! -
A protestor secretly films the military destroy the protest site at GGG!

Well done Ranil! You’ve shown your colours far sooner than anticipated! -
All roads leading to GGG are currently blockd by the forces & NOBODY is being allowed through, including the media!

Abt 10 unarmed protestors including BBC Journo have been assaulted by the military

Lawyer Nuwan Bopege & 2 other protestors have been taken into military custody
The Sri Lanka Air Force arrests & assaults 3 more protestors from near Cinnamon Grand now.

Ranil maintaining “stability”! 👏🏾 - fb.watch/epuW0ge6Yv/
The Sri Lanka Air Force & military have clearly been hungry for violence, after having been restrained for the most part till now, chase after protestors on the Galle Road, and assault & arrest them in Kollupitiya. - facebook.com/Xposurenews/vi…
The 8 protestors,

Nuwan Bopege
Lahiru Fernando
Salika Anuranga (already injured in the May 9 attack)
A disabled soldier
Randimal Gamage
Chathuranga Kumara
Kasun Kumarage
Sahan Ranjaka

assaulted & arrested by the military/SLAF are now being held at the Maradana Police Image
Many protestors were assaulted by the military at GGG, including Lahiru Weerasekera, BBC journalist - Jerine Samuel, Rasika Gunawardena, lawyer - Chamara Jayasinghe, Faizan Ahmad & Shabeer Mohamed.

Why strike like a coward at 1am Ranil? ImageImageImageImage
Among the tents destroyed by the military at GGG, was the IT Center, the Disabled Soldiers Tent, the Community Kitchen that fed so many hundreds of people daily FOC, the SYU Tent, the Hearing Impaired Tent, & the Gate Zero Tent.
Another group of 5-6 protestors, including journalists Chathuranga Pradeep & Kasun Kumara, were brutally assaulted by the SL Air Force & released a little while ago on the Galle Rd in Kollupitiya.

Chathuranga is in a lot of pain & finding it difficult to even walk. Image
6.05am - Five hrs after Ranil deployed the tri-forces & police to assault unarmed protestors & dismantle GGG, roads leading to GGG are still blocked & nobody is allowed in or out.

The attack took place hrs aft protestors announcd that they would leave the Pres Sec premises today Image
Abt 100 protestors are still trapped inside GGG, which is surrounded by the military/police, as adjoining roads to Galle Face are only now slowly opening to traffic.

The media that was blocked from entering GGG earlier this morn, are now having their bags checked prior to entry
Many of the protestors who were brutally assaulted by the Air Force & military today, have been hospitalised, with about 40 wounded protesters still trapped inside GGG, with no way of getting out, as the entire area is surrounded by the military. Image
As there was no pre-warning of this morning’s attacks many protestors lost their possessions, including books, phones, laptops, clothes etc that were in the tents that were destroyed by the military.

Lawyers say that these possessions are now in the custody of the Fort Police
The @HRCSriLanka & the @BASLSl condemn the brutal attack on unarmed protestors at GGG, early this morning.

Protestors need support from both local & especially the international community & media to protect them from Ranil’s clear mandate of violent repression! ImageImageImage
If this is the type of violence the Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian State can unleash on people largely from the Sinhala south, let there be no doubt in anyone’s minds, at least now, what it is capable of doing & has committed during the war & after, against the Tamil community.
Six protestors, including 2 journalists, were subject to inhumane torture by the SLAF, where they were askd to kneel on the gravel rd & then beaten with batons by Sr. & then by Jr officers. Then an officer in black had hit them & told them not to look up that they would be beaten
Two SLAF officers were kept on either side of the protestors & told to shoot them if they tried to get up. The officer in black had then got protestors to spread their arms out & hit them hard on both ears @ once. One protestor is still deaf in 1 ear & others are severely batterd
“I was beaten on the head & spine with batons & kicked by the SLAF. When I fell down, they dragged me on the road & took me. My leg is badly injured. Dr told me that he would refer me to an orthopedic for long term treatment,” said a journalist who was tortured by the SLAF.
The 6 protestors who were takn near the railway tracks by the US Embassy & tortured by the SLAF early this morning, were asked to walk on their knees on the gravel, stand on their toes & beaten on their heads, back & legs, until some of them collapsd

@USEmbSL ur CCTV footage pls
Protestors at Galle Face stage a Satyagraha in front of the barricades, with the police, military & STF, who assaulted unarmed protestors & destroyed their tents & possessions, at GGG this morning, watching on, on the other side of the barricade. ImageImageImageImage
Pix via Sakuna Gamage & Vraie Balthazaar
Also earlier today, the Sri Lanka Navy (probably feeling left out), flexes it’s muscles on unarmed protestors on Lotus Road, near GGG.

Looks like their “facist boss” has given them the green light to use force at will.
Protests were held around the country against the brutal attack on unarmed protestors at GGG, Galle Face, under the instruction of Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday.

Protests were held in Colombo, Gampaha, Hambantota, Badulla, Kalutara, Kurunegala. - facebook.com/501832707/post… ImageImageImageImage
The “fascists” and “trouble makers upto no good😱
Protest Schedule July 26th;

Stop State intimidation of non-violent protestors!
Condemn the brutal attack by the State on GGG Galle Face!
Withdraw Emergency Regulations!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#GotaGoToJail
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanila ImageImage
Are we all getting sucked into a well planned out govt ploy?

What are the chances of a Muslim guy publicly posting about “finishing off the armed forces” & publicising bringing down “2 train loads of ppl from Jaffna” on July 9th, when the govt is in the middle of a witch hunt? Image
Police have arrested 4 protestors allegedly from near the SWRD statue, & are now trying to remove tents from GGG that are within a 50m radius of the statue.

If only the govt cared as much for the wellbeing of the ppl of #lka as they do for a statue, we won’t be in this mess🙄 ImageImageImageImage
Police taking pix of protestors who came to speak to them near the Banda statue, is an obvious attempt to intimidate protestors.

Cheering on protestors when things are going well is great! Standing by protestors when “give him a chance-Ranil” is on a witch hunt is greater! ImageImageImageImage
Over 150 int academics condemn the recent attacks against peaceful protestors in #lka & call on the President to guarantee the people's freedom of expression & right to protest.

They expressed outrage at reports of protestors being abducted, tortured & arbitrarily arrested. ImageImageImage
SL immigration officers offload a Galle Face protestor & arrests him, without showing a warrant or any documentation.

I expect this level of commitment from Immigration officers when the likes of Johnny, Namal, MR, Nishantha & Co. attempt to jump ship. - m.facebook.com/story.php?stor…
I didn’t always see eye to eye with him or agree with some of the things he did but, he was there. Night & day. Rain or shine. He was there. And he fought alongside & on behalf of all of us. Although many ppl are quick to judge him now, nice to see ppl on the flight support him💯
"මේ මනුස්සයා කතා කරේ රට වෙනුවෙන්.. අපේ දරුවෝ වෙනුවෙන්...ඒ නිසාද එයාව Arrest කරන්නේ?" - මවක්

“He spoke on behalf of our country…On behalf of our children. Is that why you’re arresting him?” - a mother on the flight.
"අපේ රටේ මනුස්සයෙක් වෙනුවෙන් දවසක් උනත් පරක්කු වෙන එක මට ප්‍රශ්නයක් නෑ." - මගියෙක්.

“I’m willing to get delayed by even a day on behalf of one of my fellow countrymen. It’s not an issue for me.” - man on the flight.
If all are equal under the law & we all stand for what’s right, let’s call for the immediate arrest of all those involved in “damaging public property”, “breaking into media institutions” & “leaving the country with cases/allegations pending”👇🏾

1,2,3….GO!!!! ImageImageImage
Protest Schedule July 27th;

Stop State intimidation of non-violent protestors!
Condemn the brutal attack by the State on GGG Galle Face!
Withdraw Emergency Regulations!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#GotaGoToJail
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanila ImageImageImageImage
Joint Statement by 5 int human rights organizations condemning the unnecessary & disproportionate use of force & calling for an independent, impartial, & thorough inquiry into such actions & to hold those responsible accountable, & to release protesters who have been arrested. Image
The @humanrightsl has issued a strong statement stating that the IGP was in clear breach of duty by failing to adequately protect peaceful protestors & to uphold the rule of law & for the police to compensate all victims injured in the attacks. ImageImage
Just spoke to Veranga Pushpika (Mora), from the IUSF, at a protest in Fort about an hr ago.

He has just been abducted by 6 men in civies, from a bus in Fort & taken away in a Blue jeep marked Police. Nobody is aware of his whereabouts as yet.

Democracy & stability in action! Image
Building the “terrorist” narrative once again. Seen in the context of the abduction of Veranga Pushpika from Antharey today, I can just imagine where this is headed.

I hope that at least this time we don’t buy into this BS State propaganda & stand with protestors like Veranga✊🏾
Men in civies have come to the xposure news office today & showed a photograph to the security & asked if he was inside. The security being new had not known.

xposure has been giving extensive coverage of the Aragalaya & many activists & journos from the Aragalaya work there too Image
Met Veranga & spoke to him. He was shaken up but doing ok. Less than a handful of lawyers turned up to support him. And they too are lawyers who have been showing up for detainees & PTA victims etc for many, many yrs. I guess the days of @BASLSl statements & 400 lawyers is done! ImageImage
Give Ranil a chance you said

A student activist spends tonight in a cage. And by & large we don't care

…that's what class politics looks like. Use them & dispose them. No surprises there. Shame on us 4 doing this to our youth who had the courage to fight for a future 4 us all Image
Protest Schedule July 29th;

Stop arbitrary arrests, abductions & intimidation of protestors!

We condemn the brutal attack by the State on GGG Galle Face!

Withdraw Emergency Regulations!

#powertothepeople✊🏾
#GotaGoToJail
#ResignRanil
#GoHomeRajapaksas
#GoHomeRanila ImageImageImageImage
Activists & clergy come to GGG today in solidarity with protestors, calling for the immediate withdrawal of ER & to STOP the repression, arbitrary arrests & the abduction of protestors!

Police & military promptly appeared, as protestors went singing towards the barricade. ImageImageImageImage
Pic 1&2 by @Amaliniii
Activists & clergy continue their solidarity presence at GGG!

Don’t abandon our protestors. Come when you can. Stay a while. Sing a song. Have a chat. Play some cricket. Protest! Let’s stand together now when it counts the most! ✊🏾❤️
Today the North East Coordinating Committee & community groups held protests in Mannar, Jaffna & Batticaloa, to condemn the ongoing violence against peaceful protestors and the assault on Galle Face.

This is what Solidarity looks like✊🏾❤️ ImageImageImageImage
We, the war-affected marginalized Tamil people of the N&E vehemently condemn against the State sponsored assault on peaceful protestors. We call upon the Govt to STOP arresting & assaulting
protestors, journos & CS activists & appeal to the govt to release all detained protestors ImageImageImageImage
Strong statement signed by 1600 Catholic clergy, express serious concern about the potential arrest of Fr. Jeevantha Peiris & call on the Govt to stop the repression of protestors & focus on the grievances & aspirations of ppl & to address both immediate & long-term problems✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
A Kelaniya Uni IUSF student activist was abducted in a white van today @ 3pm & interrogated for 3+ hrs rgrd the whereabouts of the IUSF Convener, other student activists & their next steps, & told that they could plant drugs on him & arrest him if needed!- facebook.com/iusfsrilanka/v… Image
RWs witch-hunt cont..!

YouTube influencer, Ratta, has been arrested by the Slave Island Police, whilst he was giving a statement to the CCD.

The house of SYU activist, @ErangaGunaseka2 was surrounded by the Police today, but, he was not home. Now the police have left his home. ImageImage
The Police have visited the house of another protestor from GF, shown a pic of him to his parents, asked if it was their son & said he’s been in the forefront of the protest. We have seen his pix on Veranga’s phone too. They have taken a statement from the parents & left.
To people who are in denial that the deafening silence on mainstream media, from diplomatic missions, the BASL etc., is not significantly to do with class, ask yourself 1 question - would this silence exist if those being arrested by the RW regime were middle/upper class youth?
Join the Women for Democratic Struggle Presser TODAY at 10am at CSR, Maradana, to express deep concern of the brutal repression of the Aragalaya & protestors. We call on the govt to respect the peaceful right to assembly which is vital to uphold democracy.

Followed by a march! ImageImageImage
“This struggle originated against failed leaders. Don’t let them repress this struggle! Don’t be silent! Get onto the streets! If the struggle was on behalf of the society, it is our responsibility as a society to protect these young lives!” - M. Nilashani at WDS Presser today✊🏾
It is not new to us from minority communities in #lka to be labelled as “terrorists & extremists”. this happened to Tamil FoDs who have been protesting for many yrs & to Muslims post Easter Attacks. Now the Govt. is using the same labeling to discredit peaceful protesters.-Shreen
“The PTA has been historically used to oppress #Tamil speaking communities, calling for justice & accountability. The Govt is now using the State of Emergency to do the same with the people’s protest movement (Aragalaya),” - Ranitha Gnanarajah, at the WDS Presser held today.
We call on the Govt to heed the call of the Aragalaya for systemic/structural change, including the abolition of the executive presidency, & more involvement of the people, including women & youth in democratic decision-making, through the implementation of a People's Council. ImageImageImageImage
These tactics of repression are not new.The #lka state has a long history of quelling democratic & peaceful protests, particularly in the north & east. For instance, FoDs continue to be harassed & placed under surveillance because of the struggle waged by them for truth & justice ImageImageImageImage
All Join! - Satyagraha at the Barricade - 3rd Aug (Wed), 3-6pm, GGG.

Stop State Terror on Protestors!
Withdraw Emergency Regulations!
Abolish Executive Presidency!

Stand up against #FascistRanils repression!

Stand with our protestors✊🏾
#PowerToThePeople #lka ImageImageImageImage
In #FacistRanil’s latest ploy to suppress protests, the Police make an announcement now at GGG to clear out by the 5th of August, and that legal action will be taken against those who don’t adhere.

Ironically Ranil is trying to clear the Agitation Site demarcated by Gota!
#FacistRanils Repression on overdrive!

Veteran Trade Unionist & General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Teachers' Union, Joseph Stalin & Mahanama Thero, who were at the forefront of the Aragalaya have been arrested. Image
Today (Aug 4th) at 10am;

Release Joseph Stalin now, near Fort Railway

#FacistRanil Stop Your Repression!
#powertothepeople✊🏾 #lka Image
Teachers, Trade Unionists & activists take to the streets today calling for the immediate release of veteran Trade Union activist, Joseph Stalin & 2 former office bearers of the CBEU, Dananjaya Siriwardena & Palitha Atampitiya.

#FacistRanils stability at work! ImageImageImageImage
General Secretary, of the Ceylon Teacher’s Union, Joseph Stalin & Koswatte Mahanama Thero, who have been at the forefront of the Aragalaya, are to be produced at the Magistrate’s Residence in Maharagama, after almost 24 hrs in Police custody.
CTU, Gen Sec, Joseph Stalin, Mahanama Thero, CBEU, TUists, Dananjaya Siriwardena & Palitha Atampitiya were just brought to the Mag residence in Maharagama. Lawyers @saliyapieris @MASumanthiran Nuwan Bopage Jayantha Dehiaththage Lakmali Hemachandra & many others here to support
#FascistRanil’s stability 2.0.
Slow fn clap 👏🏾 👏🏾

CTU, Gen Sec, Joseph Stalin remanded till Aug 12.

Mahanama Thero remanded till Aug 5th.

CBEU, TUists, Dananjaya Siriwardena & Palitha Atampitiya given bail.

Pic by @Amaliniii Image
One hr power cuts.

Massive flooding & displacement in the hill country. School kids unable to travel safely to school.

“Efficient” QR code = less fuel queues.

Daily arrests & shootings.

Gas temporarily available.

Clear Galle Face.

“Stability”

Protestors are terrorists ImageImage
As Galle Face protestors take down tents today, even as 3 writs have been filed in court, I don’t see a people defeated. I see a people repressed. A people being forcibly removed. A people who achieved historic great big things! A people that will still win❤️

#WeAreTheStruggle✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
AG gave a undertaking that structures made at GGG won’t be removed without a court order but, authorities can takes steps under the process prescribed by law.

This means Police/military cannot forcibly remove the tents & structures at Galle Face. - facebook.com/501832707/post…
The previous action of the Forces to clear tents remains illegal.

If officers violate this, they can be charged for insulting a Court Order, and held in Contempt of Court.

Thank you to all the attorneys who stood by the protestors and their right to democratic action.
Trade Union activist, Joseph Stalin's case was taken up by motion today. Counsel moved for bail and raised legal objections. The Magistrate fixed the case to consider Bail for next Monday (8).

Mahanama Thero was given bail today.

JOIN the protest tmrw at 3pm in Nugegoda✊🏾 Image
Join the People’s Rally TODAY at 3pm at the Ananda Samarakoon Amphitheater, Nugegoda.

Marches will start from Kirulapona, Nawala, Delkanda, Kohuwela & Kotte will start at 1pm, and march to Nugegoda.

Stop State Terror!

#PowerToThePeople✊🏾
#WeAreTheStruggle
#ApiAragale ImageImageImageImage
People’s Rally against Ranil Rajapaksa’s repression, held today in Nugegoda.

#FascistRanil Stop hunting down protestors!

Withdraw Emergency!
#RepealPTA
#AbolishExecutivePresidency ImageImageImageImage
Day 88 #BattiWalk4Justice in solidarity with Galle Face Protestors✊🏾❤️

If the law protects the seat, who protects the ppl?

Stop abducting ordinary ppl for protesting!

NO to Emergency!

Movements ppl & libraries can be destroyed but history can’t be erased. GGG library jayawewa ImageImageImageImage
A student activist from the IUSF, Mangala Maddumage, has just been abducted from near the Public Library by men in civies & taken in a three-wheeler. Nobody is aware of his whereabouts as yet.

Lawyers & the @HRCSriLanka are currently trying to trace him. Image
The Aluthkade MC has just rejected two applications made by the Cinnamon Gardens Police asking to prevent protests from taking place today and tomorrow in Colombo 💪🏾✊🏾 Image
Joseph Stalin was given bail today. All credit to his team of lawyers, NOT Ranil. Not sure how a man largely responsible for Stalin’s arrest, is trying to come out of this looking like “the Saviour”🙄

Protest against #FascistRanil’s repression TODAY @ 2.30pm, Lipton roundabout. Image
Joseph Stalin - What a guy!

Straight from prison, to a protest against #FascistRanil’s repression✊🏾❤️

“I would like to clearly state that the working class and trade unions of this country will join together & along with the general public, continue this struggle.”
Galle Face protestors Sasindu Sahan Tharaka & Bhanu Prabhashwara who went with a lawyer to the Bambalapitiya Police earlier today to give a statement, have just been arrested for “trespassing Temple Trees” where hundreds of thousands, if not millions of the general public visited Image
They’ve gone to give their statement to the *Kollupitiya Police and then been taken to the Bamba Police
We’ve raised our concerns to govt on a number of occasions over the misuse of emergency bt to no avail. We condemn recent & continued abuse of such measures to infringe on legit exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly & expression-UN experts ohchr.org/en/press-relea… Image
Another Galle Face Protestor, Piyath Nikeshala, who went to the Slave Island police to give a statement, was arrested today.

Looks like going in to give a statement to the Police these days, is grounds enough to arrest you!

Stop #FascistRanils repression! Image
Protest Schedule Aug. 09th;

Come to the streets & stand against #FascistRanils repression against peaceful protestors!

#ApiAragale
#WeAreTheStruggle
#අපි_අරගලේ
#நாமே_போராட்டம் ImageImageImageImage
IUSF student activist, Veranga Pushpika, who was abducted and missing got 6.5 hrs before his lawyers & the HRC located him, was just released on bail by the Kaduwela Magistrate. ImageImageImage
“We want to tell Ranil Wickremasinghe that if he’s trying to stop this Aragalaya through repression, he’ll have to build more prisons. I want to tell the people don’t be afraid of Ranil’s repression. We will keep going. We won’t stop,” Veranga Pushpika, IUSF student activist.
Galle face protestors pay homage to all those who died and were injured as a result of the Aragamag.

#ApiAragale
#WeAreTheStruggle
#අපි_අරගලේ
#நாமே_போராட்டம் ImageImageImageImage
Just to reiterate, NOBODY should be arrested for protesting. Period.

But, this is how class works.

Uni students & youth are arrested daily over BS charges, pin drop silence.

A famous swimmer & businessman are called in for questioning, ppl are writing sonnets in support.
Today IUSF takes to the streets against Stae repression. Calling for unis to re-open. For the abolishment of Ex Pres. To reduce the cost of living. To release all protestors.

They come out to protest on behalf of all of us. Love/hate them, join them today @ 1pm at Lipton Circus ImageImageImageImage
Two more protests/events today Aug. 18th;

6-7pm - Take back all our stolen money from the Rajapaksas, Liberty roundabout

6pm onwards - Open Discussion - Lessons learnt from the people’s uprising, 121, Hampdan Lane, Wellawatte

#powertothepeople✊🏾 ImageImage
#FacistRanils democracy!

Riot police & STF unleashed on unarmed students who were exercising their democratic right to protest, ironically against State repression! @USAmbSL @SarahHultonFCDO @EU_in_Sri_Lanka @SwissAmbLKA @GermanyinSL
Protestors were chased down & arrested arbitrarily by police & dragged off in buses from out station - one white bus was marked SL Police Polonnaruwa - license plate number GC-5377, that had 3 student protestors inside it at the time. @saliyapieris @HRCSriLanka @MASumanthiran Image
So far, IUSF Convenor, Wasantha Mudalige & Hashan Jeevantha have been traced by lawyers & being held @ Peliyagoda Police. Activist, Chintaka Rajapaksa @ Cinnamon Gardens Police. Galwala Siridhamma himi & other arrested students are still unaccounted for @saliyapieris @HRCSriLanka ImageImageImageImage
3 students from the South Eastern Uni Mohamad Kamaldeen M. Dilshan, Nuwan Dharshana & Lakshitha Sanjeewa Rathnasiri, have been traced by lawyers to Cinammon Gardens Police. Galwala Siridhamma himi, Thilina Maduranga, Tharindu Milan & atleast 4 other students still unaccounted for Image
Tharindu Milan from Japura Uni, Rifath from Open Uni, Thilina Maduranga from Eastern uni, Lahiru Nuwan from Pera uni, Pasindu Rangana & 5 other students have been traced to Slave Island police. Galwewa Siridhamma himi is at Fort Police & Pokunuvita Piyasoma himi is still missing.
CALL FOR LAWYERS: Students need our protection against #FascistRanil's repression NOW! It's court holidays but, we need lawyers to show up for students TODAY! Students have shown up for, & fought for us all over the last few months! Let's show up for them now! @BASLSl
Wasantha Mudalige Convenor of the IUSF, a STUDENT Movement that has been a large part of the people’s struggle for democracy has just been issued with a Detention Order under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) @SingerHanaa @USAmbSL @mbachelet @SarahHultonFCDO @amnestysasia Image
As the TID types up the DO for IUSF Convenor, Wasantha Mudalige, we look to the international community in the hope that it wasn’t just regime change they were after, & that ensuring the #lka Govt upholds the fundamental democratic rights of peaceful protestors also matters! Image
16 IUSF student activists were just given bail by the Aluthkade Magistrate. Activist & Moderator of MONLAR, Chintaka Rajapaksa remanded till Aug. 26th. DOs have been issued on Wasantha Mudalige, Galwewa Siridhamma himi & Hashan Jeevantha who are currently being held at the TID
Convenor of the IUSF, Wasantha Mudalige and IUSF student, Hashan Jeevantha, have been moved back to, and detained at the Peliyagoda Police. Galwewa Siridhamma himi is said to be still held at the TID.
#FUTA strong Statement on State suppression & the use of the #PTA that has been consistently used by successive govts to arbitrarily detain & target political dissidents & minority rights. Today they are targeting our students with these draconian laws. @RW_UNP

#RepealPTA ImageImage
#ReleaseWasantha and other IUSF student activists being threatened under the #PTA now!

Wasantha Mudalige Siridhamma Galwewa Hashan Jeewantha

#FascistRanil
#RepealPTA
#ApiAragale
#WeStandWithAnthare ✊🏾- facebook.com/501832707/post… Image
Protest on now against #FascistRanil terrorising IUSF student protesters by threatening to use the #PTA to crush dissent!

We will not be silenced!

#ReleaseWasantha & other students & activists now!

#FascistRanil
#RepealPTA
#ApiAragale
#WeStandWithAnthare✊🏾
#Tamils & #Muslims who know all too well the wrath & pain of the #PTA protest today in Mannar & Trinco calling on #FascistRanil to not detain IUSF student protestors under the PTA & release all peaceful protestors now!

Protests were org by the North East Coordinating Committee ImageImageImageImage
The 72 hours of detention of Wasantha Mudalige, Siridhamma himi & Hashan Jeewantha has now lapsed. They have not been produced to court, nor has a DO been handed over to family/lawyer. So it seems they’re currently being held unlawfully by #FascistRanil

Produce them to Courts! ImageImage
@KaruOnline 👆🏽
As @ 9am today, 93 hrs since the arrest of Wasantha Mudalige, Hashan Jeewantha & Siridhamma himi, the Peliyagoda Police, where two of them are/were being held, did not have a DO to show lawyers. These students are now being arbitrarily detained by the State.

Release them now! ImageImageImageImage
National Organiser, Socialist Students Union, Rangana Lakmal Devapriya has just been arrested by the Fort Police. He was also issued with a Travel Ban, along with 5 other activists last month.

This is very clearly a witch-hunt of the Left!

Release all peaceful protestors now! Image
As a #Tamil we have suffered due to the #PTA for almost 40 yrs. Thereafter, #Muslims & now #Sinhala bros & sis are facing the same terror. It’s time to stop this!
Protestors who took to the streets asking for change cannot be labelled terrorists!

#ReleaseWasantha & others now!
@Rajeevkanth14 👆🏽
#FascistRanils reign of terror!

Media reports state that the MoD has issued a 90-day DO under the #PTA on Wasantha Mudalige, Siridhamma himi & Hashan Jeevantha, but, lawyers & family are still unaware of their whereabouts & have not been shown the DO. - facebook.com/nuwan.bopege/v…
Wasantha Mudalige, Galwewa Siridhamma himi & Hashan Jeewantha will be detained at the detention centre in Tangalle. Wasantha’s family lives in Mahiyanganaya, Siridhamma himi is from Hambantota & Hashan is from Chilaw. This is how the anti-poor, inhumane #PTA impacts families. ImageImage
These protestors have been on the streets since April ‘22. The sudden decision by the police to arrest & detain these suspects now under the PTA is questionable. If there is no such reasonable info to hold such suspects under the PTA,they maybe produced before a judge immediately ImageImage
Sign & share! Condemn #FascistRanil for using terror laws on unarmed student protestors & call for the immediate release of @IUSFSL Convenor, Wasantha Mudalige, Galwewa Siridhamma himi & Hashan Jeewantha being detained under the draconian #PTA
#RepealPTA
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වසන්ත එක්ක මමත් හිටියා - Fr. Amila Jeevantha Peiris -
Dear #FascistRanil,

Pls see a snapshot of the humanitarian crisis your job requires you to resolve vs. the vindictive, vengeful repression & destruction of young lives you’ve taken it upon yourself to do!

Dear middle class,
NOTHING is back to normal.
Give Ranil a Chan… NO! ImageImageImageImage
As Police go on an arrest spree of protestors involved in the Aragalaya, over bullshit charges, we ask;

යුක්තිය කෝ?
நீதி எங்கே?
Where is Justice? ImageImageImageImage
About 20 police officers in uniform have surrounded CSR a little while ago, where the @IUSFSL was holding a Press Conference against State Repression ironically, & asked for SYU activist @ErangaGunaseka2 They have now left but some CID officers are still in the vicinity. Image
Performer & active artist of the Aragalaya, Shalika Senadheera has been arrested for the performance he has done during a protest outside the Police HQ in June. The charges are becoming more & more ridiculous!

Are we going to keep watching in silence until they come for us? ImageImageImage
Chinthaka is part of us (CS). He has tirelessly worked for the rights of the landless & farmers. His arrest further shrinks already controlled CS space. Student protesters being held under PTA shows how Govts use draconian laws to cover up State terror. -
University students from @DelhiKys in New Delhi, India, organise a solidarity meeting against the repressive #lka State measures to intimidate, arrest & silence activists of the Aragalaya.

#StudentsInSolidarity with protestors & students being hunted down by the State in SL✊🏾 ImageImageImageImage
The Colombo Central Community Police came to Guru Medura this morning & asked if it was where the General Sec of the CTU, Joseph Stalin resided.

Already arrested, remanded & released on bail over multiple frivolous charges, trade union leader, Stalin is still being hunted down! ImageImageImage
Pix by Rekha Nilukshi Herath.
Aragala Activist, Asanka Abeyrathna was called to the CID for questioning today, where he was asked if he was @ PMs office on July 13, shown pix of protestors & asked to identify them, & asked abt his involvement with FoDs, by CID in civil, on the 4th floor, notorious for torture Image
Former @IUSFSL Convenor, Lahiru Weerasekara, who surrendered to the Court today, had his warrant revoked by the Fort Magistrate.

However, the Police had visited his house even this morning & he has another case related to the Aragalaya tomorrow as well.

The hunt is relentless Image
Wasantha waves as he is escorted back to his cell at the Tangalle detention center, after meeting with his lawyer yesterday😔✊🏾

#ReleaseWasantha & other @IUSFSL student activists detained under the #PTA

#WeStandWithAnthare
#RepealPTA
- facebook.com/501832707/post…
Activist & friend, Chintaka Rajapakse was just given bail by the Fort Magt.

He wasn’t brought to court as he’s in remand & appeared online instead. Now further delay as they have to bring him from prison.

Multiple useless cases on BS charges. What a great use of public funds! Image
Today most of the Left youth leaders from the Aragalaya are appearing at the Fort Magt under frivolous charges. Some names are being added on to these charges at will. Today a student monk was named in a case that he had not even been informed about. Is there no legal process? Image
Protest Schedule Aug. 27th;

RELEASE ALL PEACEFUL PROTESTORS!

Stand against State Terror!

We will not be silenced!

#RepealPTA
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾

#ApiAragale
#WeAreTheStruggle
#අපි_අරගලේ
#நாமே_போராட்டம் ImageImageImageImage
Parents & relatives homes of Joseph Stalin, Lahiru Weerasekera, Veranga Pushpika, Jehan Appuhami, @ErangaGunaseka2 Hashan Jeevantha, Tharindu Uduwaragedara & other activists are being visited by the Police/CID in attempts to intimidate their families. When is this going to end? Image
Young activist & father of a 1.5 yr old baby girl Lahiru Weerasekera, is being unmercifully targeted by #FascistRanil with a total of 18 charges against him, of which 3 are BS Aragala charges & 15 related to @IUSFSL protests when he was in Convener in 2015-18!
What is his crime? Image
A Fundamental Rights petition against the #detention of @IUSFSL Convenor, Wasantha Mudalige, under the PTA was filed at the SC yesterday.

FRs against the PTA detentions of Galwewa himi & Hashan Jeewantha will be filed next week. - newsfirst.lk/2022/08/26/fr-… Image
Protest Schedule Aug. 28th;

RELEASE ALL PEACEFUL PROTESTORS!

Stand against State Terror!

We will not be silenced!

#RepealPTA
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾

#ApiAragale
#WeAreTheStruggle
#අපි_අරගලේ
#நாமே_போராட்டம் ImageImageImageImage
One more TODAY Aug 28th;

4pm - Protest Vigil, in front of St. Anthony's Convent, Borella

RELEASE ALL PEACEFUL PROTESTORS!

Stand against State Terror!

We will not be silenced!

#RepealPTA
#PowerToThePeople✊🏾

#ApiAragale
#WeAreTheStruggle
#අපි_අරගලේ
#நாமே_போராட்டம் ImageImageImage
If ur idea of violence is breaking down a barrier that's been erected by the State to bar us from exercising our democratic rights & not State acts such as this meant to crush dissent & consolidate power, then you need to check yourself on your selective understanding of violence Image
Youth studying at State universities today, are the future leadership of #lka

FACT - We have an aged, corrupt, self-serving political elite in Parliament today, & the youth of our country being hunted down & detained by the State under terror laws. Image
Tmrw (30) as we take to the streets in support of Anthare students who marched alongside us in a struggle we are/were all a part of & call on the oppressive State to STOP the repression of our students, will you turn a blind eye, or will you stand with them?

#ApiAragale Image
Prasanna Pushpakumara, who was being hunted down for the assault of DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon, was surrendered to the CCD Unit 4 earlier today. Lawyers who have been waiting 2 hrs downstairs without access, fear he might be being tortured. @HRCSriLanka @saliyapieris @MASumanthiran Image
Sudath Anura, a relative of Pushpakumara, who accompanied him to the CCD has also been detained.

Two hrs later, lawyers have not been given access to him.

Anura’s name has also not been recorded in the visitors book of the CCD. So lawyers fear he too might be arrested. Image
An International Press Conference in solidarity with the @IUSFSL was held today to highlight State repression & their hunting down of students & the use of the #PTA to crush dissent. - facebook.com/iusfsrilanka/v…
Protest Schedule Aug 30;

International Day of the Disappeared!

RELEASE ALL PEACEFUL PROTESTORS!

Stand against State Terror!

We will not be silenced✊🏾

#ReleaseWasantha & other IUSF students

#RepealPTA

#ApiAragale
#WeAreTheStruggle
#අපි_අරගලේ
#நாமே_போராட்டம் ImageImageImageImage
DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon, a man who helped orchestrate mob violence against peaceful protestors on May 9, submits a complaint to the IGP against lawyer Nuwan Bopage, who spends his days bailing out protestors & visiting them in prison & detention FOC. ImageImage
The complaint is based on a speech Bopage made outside the Fort Police in July.

This complaint sets a dangerous precedent where not only are student protestors being targeted, arrested & detained under PTA, but, now also the handful of legal representation protestors have! ImageImage
Violating the freedom of speech & expression is nothing new in #lka but when it’s used on lawyers who are part of a people’s struggle & who represent arrested protestors who might otherwise not be able to access or afford legal counsel, it’s so much more heinous! @saliyapieris ImageImage
සකල සිරිලක දෙතොල මුමුණන
සැබෑ විය යුතු මන්තරේ....
කාලෙ හරි දැන් ගෙදර යන්නට
නඩය සමගින් අන්දරේ.....
නොවෙයි සීමා බැන්දාට වැට
මිනිස් සිත් තුල අරගලේ...
මහා සෙනගක් කොළඹ එනවා
උබල තනි නෑ අන්තරේ...

- Thisara Rathnaweera

Come stand with Anthare TODAY at 1pm, near Elphinstone! @IUSFSL Image
Long standing interfaith/social activist & friend, Suchith Abeyewickreme has been summoned to the CID tmrw for questioning over entering the PMs office on July 13. Suchith was nowhere near the PMs office but, he has been an active member of the Aragalaya & is thus a clear target! ImageImageImageImage
A security guard attached to a leading school in Col-3, has been arrested a while ago over the alleged assault of a SLPP PS Chairman on May 9.

Seen here is also a SLPP PS Chairman, Pushpalal Kumarasinghe assaulting a priest on May 9. He continues in this capacity to date. Image
#FascistRanil-Basil Democracy shoots teargas & water cannons at unarmed protestors whilst they sat on the road peacefully. - facebook.com/marisa.d.silva…
It’s like dejavu of the worst kind! Police chase after & arrest unarmed protestors and students who were seated on the street. This is State Terror in case anyone was in doubt! This is the govt that is promising internationals & the middle class “stability”! Open your eyes!
Fort Police in a unmarked white van reg No. NA-0410 & intelligence in 2 unmarked 3-wheelers reg.nos ABV-1377 & ABV-1322 storm into CSR & ask for activist & former @IUSFSL Convenor, Lahiru Weerasekara. - facebook.com/Xposurenews/vi…
Lahiru has been appearing for all his 18 cases, given numerous police statements & cooperated with the police throughout this witch-hunt. Why try to arrest him from inside a press conference? Why hunt him down like this? What is the State so afraid of? Image
Of 28 unarmed protestors arrested today, 17yr old Prabath Sandaruwan is currently held at Pettah Station in a cell with 7 others. Police could have released him as it was an unnecessary & wrongful arrest but refused. So a child is detained overnight in an overcrowded cell tonight Image
Friend & activist @Rajeevkanth14 was another of the 28 unarmed protestors arrested today. He was hit behind the head twice with a baton & roughly dragged for abt 50m, whilst being held tightly around the neck by a riot police officer, when he had specifically not resisted arrest Image
Lawyer, Indika Atthanayaka from Monaragala, who has been summoned to the CID this morning, speaks of the hardship of the farmers who are struggling to survive, how the govt has failed them & now how they’re targeting youth who are trying to bring about a system change.
Interfaith Activist, Suchith Abeyewickreme, who was also summoned to the CID for questioning today, said that the struggle on behalf of the country will continue & that Govt tactics to repress & scare protestors won’t work. You can’t repress the people’s love for their country.
The UN has estimated that nearly 7 million people in #lka face starvation right now but the Govt has no plan of food production & are wasting our resources on repressing protestors. We will continue to stand with protestors like Suchith & Indika who have always stood with the ppl
All 28 unarmed protestors who were arrested by the Police yest were released on bail. @MASumanthiran cited Justice Mark Fernando’s ruling on the Janagosha case, upholding the citizens right to noisy protest, where ironically former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was a main organiser ImageImage
First full rain walk.We walked thru the heat.Thru our very own kachchan winds. We have seen 2 Presidents & price rises we can no longer keep track of. Queues come & go & come again. Now the rains have come. We walk through it with our breathe as our guide & our hope as our anchor ImageImageImageImage
A quick overview of #FascistRanil’s Stability👇🏾

#RepealPTA
🛑 the repression! ImageImageImage
Joining ppl’s protest is not a crime. If you need legal help, pls call.

මහජන උද්ඝෝෂණවලට සහභාගීවීම වැරැද්දක් නොවේ. මර්දනයට මුහුණදීම සදහා සහය අවශ්‍ය නම් අමතන්න.

மக்கள் போராட்டங்களில் பங்குகொள்வது ஒரு குற்றமில்லை, நீங்கள் ஏதாவது அடக்குமுறைகளைச் சந்தித்தால் தயவுசெய்து அழைக்கவும். ImageImageImage
In response to a RTI request by @tharinduij the Police have refused to provide data relating to their purchase of teargas in the last 5 yrs citing “national security”. This can only mean they haven’t purchased in the last 5 yrs & are therefore using expired teargas on protestors.
Police also said that they destroy docs not required in court every 5 yrs. The RTI Comm warned that this could be in violation of the National Archives Ordinance & that if Police are found guilty of haphazardly destroying docs that it could be punishable with upto 2 yrs in prison
Some of questions asked via RTI by @tharinduij include;
Have you used expired teargas?
If so, why?
Who authorised it’s usage?
How many times did you use teargas during March 31-July 17, 2022?
How much of teargas was used during this time frame?

Police response to him is also👇🏾 ImageImage
Fundamental Rights petitions over the detentions of Galwewa Siridhamma himi & Hashan Jeewantha, under the PTA have been filed today.

#ReleaseWasantha & other students now!

#RepealPTA Image
Conditions @ the Tangalle detention centre where Wasantha, Siridhamma himi & Hashan are being held, are appalling. They are kept in isolation & don’t get to interact with each other. They are provided with a mat. No pillow. No sheet to even shield themselves from the sea breeze-1 Image
Wasantha & Hashan have been brought to the TID, Narahenpita, where they are kept for days without being questioned in a dark cell, with no access to the outside. Wasantha has got a rash on his leg potentially due to no exposure to the sun. Psychological torture is still torture. Image
PTA detainees are denied basic fundamental rights afforded even to prisoners being kept in deplorable SL prisons! Lawyer & family access is @ the discretion of the TID,forced/coerced confessions, isolation, minimal nutrition & access to the outdoors..

Release all PTA detainees✊🏾 ImageImageImage
Ranil’s Democracy👌🏾

State Mins appointed today

Nishantha joined State sponsored mobs who assaulted protestors & destroyed GGG on May 9

Ratwatte was allegedly stormed into Apura prison & humiliated & threatened Tamil prisoners at gun point

This is how they’re held accountable!
P. Dabare who was brutally assaulted by Police on July 9 was detained overnight by the CID when summoned for questioning yesterday. Both his & his wife’s phones had been taken into CID custody. His wife said his face looked swollen but, she had not been able to confirm why. ImageImageImageImage
Galwewa Sumedha himi, brother of Galwewa Siridhamma himi, Convenor of the Anthare Bhikku Federation, who is currently being detained under the PTA, has been called in for questioning by the TID in Colombo. He’s been inside since 2.30pm today.

This ridiculous witch hunt continues Image
Much loved Political activist Lahiru Weerasekara (Aka) who participated in the Galle Face memorial this eve, was chased down, beaten & arrested by the Maradana Police.We fear he too will be detained under the PTA. In the lead up to the UNHRC the #lka State ramps up its repression Image
Lahiru Weerasekara who was arrested & assaulted by Police yest, was produced before the JMO this morn, who has ordered some tests to be done. He is now at the NHSL & his BP is said to be high. The Acting Mag of the Maligakanda MC will hear his case today & go visit him after. Image
Pic by Krishnakumar
Family members of student PTA detainees, Wasantha, Galwewa himi & Hashan, met with the @UNSriLanka & other diplomats yest, to appeal for their immediate release & to promptly move them from the dilapidated Tangalle Detention Cent, as they fear it could be life threatening. Image
“Hashan was 1st in class since Grade 6 & got 3 As at his A/Ls. He always has a bright smile on his face & will do anything for a friend. He’s never been in trouble with the law & now the Govt is calling him a terrorist. We worked hard to give him an education. Pls release him!” Image
LIVESTREAM of 51st Session of the UNHRC on NOW. Lawyer, Nuwan Bopage is due to speak shortly. - fb.watch/fuJxCOEBtI/
Lawyer & political activist, Nuwan Bopege’s submission at the UN HRC.

The Govt’s violent response to popular protests leaves no room for any optimism abt the prospects of meaningful human rights & democratic reforms & accountability under the admin of President Wickremesinghe.
The current econ crisis is due to longstanding problems - systematic subversion of clear accountability process, the rule of law & independent HR institutions as part of the Govt's deliberate attempt to avoid accountability for HR violations & overall wartime atrocities -1 Image
..created conditions for corruption, abuse of power & prolonged economic mismanagement, that are the root of the current crisis.

Meanwhile FoDs have faced harassment & intimidation as they continue their over 2000 day demonstration demanding to know the fate of their loved ones Image
A lawyer who had participated in the Sept 9 memorial at Galle Face, & charged for "unnecessary horning" for horning the familiar "Kaputu kaak kaak", was released from all charges by the Hultsdorf Magst, yesterday. The Magst had also chastised the Police for their conduct. ImageImageImage
JOIN the Collective Protest against State Repression tomorrow (Sept. 16, Friday), at 2.30pm in Colombo.

Whilst #SL descends steadily into economic collapse, the #lka State continues to priori