Court order against Sri Lanka opposition party pro-reformists gathering

Aug 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has ordered the police to prevent any illegal gatherings outside Sirikotha, the headquarters of the main opposition United National Party (UNP).

The Gangodawila Magistrates Court has ordered the police to prevent any protests, illegal gatherings or processions in front of the UNP headquarters today (August 17), local media reports said.

Any unlawful assembly in front of the premises would amount to disturbance of peace, the police have said.

The UNP pro-reformists group led by party deputy leader Sajith Premadasa has called for a sathyagraha today at 2 pm in front of the Sirikotha to demand the party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to step down and hand over the leadership to co-deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya.

According to the police, the police have obtained an order to prevent any interruptions to the UNP members attending the Working Committee meeting scheduled to be held this evening at the headquarters.

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