Sri Lanka Marxist party not to attend UNP protest, Karu, Sajith not invited

Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) would not be attending the protest organized by the main opposition United National Party (UNP) in Colombo today.

The UNP last week announced that the JVP would be invited to participate in the protest campaign that is aimed at building an anti-government movement.

However, speaking to ColomboPage, JVP Propaganda Secretary and parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said the party has already commenced a series of protest campaigns against the government and the 2012 budget.

He said the JVP commenced the campaign on the 24th and was now in the process of holding protests island wide.

“The JVP will continue with its campaign. We would not be attending the UNPs protest campaign,” Herath observed.

The UNP will launch its protest campaign today at 2:30 p.m. from the Hyde Park in Colombo.

The UNP said that other opposition political parties, trade unions and civil society organizations have been invited to join the protest rally.

However, the party co-deputy leaders Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasuriya have not been invited to the protest.

“Jayasuriya and I were not included in the organizing committee of the protest campaign. However, we will support the endeavor,” Sajith Premadasa wrote in his Facebook page.

The main opposition plans to hold the protest to call for the release of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, to safeguard the Sinhala businessmen and to rally against the “anti-people” 2012 budget.

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