Police Media Spokesperson Senior Superintendent of Police Advocate Nihal Talduwa has requested that no protest demonstrations be held in Colombo today (21) and that police officers have been prepared for that.
Mr. Nihal Talduwa stated that the Sri Lankan Police will not act to interfere with the Constitution as every citizen has freedom of speech, expression and assembly in harmony.
“But there is an opportunity where some people have voted against the existing law, especially at this time. While traveling on the road, people traveling on other roads are blocked and obstructed by vehicles. And public property may be damaged. If these kind of marches are taken, it can turn into a violent situation. According to past experiences, such demonstrations even threatened the security of the government’s main offices and bases. The police have to consider all this. Therefore, after such considerations, we specifically say not to hold demonstrations because of this situation.”
The Police Media Spokesman stated that the police officers are working under the existing laws and senior officers have given instructions for that.
However, on many occasions we have seen that police officers deliberately create conflicts. Apart from that, the Sri Lankan civilians did not deliberately create conflicts. The first time the current civilians clashed was on May 9, 2022. It is well known that the police are aware of it. Accordingly, according to this announcement, it is possible that a similar attack will take place today.