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Most protestors exit Galle Face, some refuse

  • Police reiterate order to vacate
  • Three writs seeking suspension of Police order

Yesterday, the Police reminded “aragalaya” protestors at the “RanilGoGama” in Galle Face and the surrounding areas to vacate their protest sites before 5 p.m. today (5), while three writ applications have been filed before the Court of Appeal by three aggrieved persons, seeking an interim order suspending the Police order directing people to vacate the Galle Face Green protest site.

The law enforcement authorities issued the notice on 3 August, and further stressed that legal action would be sought against those who fail to comply with the instructions. In an announcement, the Galle Face occupants were urged to behave in a manner that is in compliance with the country’s law, and to not oppress the public.

Many of the protestors were seen leaving the area following the ultimatum issued by the Police this week, with many seen packing up their tents and their belongings.

However, a group of protestors held a press conference yesterday to announce that they would not be leaving despite the ultimatum, as it was their democratic right to protest.

Speaking to The Morning, protestors earlier said that uniformed Police officers had come to the “RanilGoGama” at Galle Face at around 5.20 p.m. on Wednesday (3) and ordered to remove unauthorised structures including planted agricultural matter by 5 p.m. today, and announced that violators would face legal consequences.

Meanwhile three writ applications have been filed before the Court of Appeal by three aggrieved persons, seeking an interim order suspending the Police order directing people to vacate the Galle Face Green protest site.