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05 Oct 2020 | 05:30 AM UTC

Sri Lanka: Demonstrators to gather in Colombo on October 5

Sri Lanka News Alert

Opposition party to demonstrate in Colombo on October 5; avoid protest as a precaution

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/5/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/6/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Colombo). COUNTRY/REGION Colombo

Event

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) party is scheduled to protest in Colombo on Monday, October 5, to denounce a controversial constitutional amendment. Participants will reportedly gather outside of Colombo's Fort railway station at 15:00 (local time), to protest against the proposed twentieth constitutional amendment bill which will reportedly grant extraordinary powers to the head of state, overturning an amendment passed by the previous administration.

A heightened security presence and localized travel disruptions should be anticipated in the vicinity of the event. Clashes between protesters and police cannot be ruled out, with further associated protests likely.

Advice

Those in Colombo are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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