Sri Lanka declares key government building locations in Colombo as high security zones

Updated: Sep 23 2022 9:00PM

Colombo, Sep 23 (PTI) Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday declared several key locations in Colombo, including Parliament, Supreme Court complex and the President’s Secretariat among others, as high security zones, banning any kind of protest or agitation in premises near to it.

The move, which are restrictions to those of during Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) days that saw suicide explosions at such key locations, prevents even parking of cars in any of the areas near to the premises of the key government buildings.

Significantly some of the designated locations were the sites for large public agitations which demanded the resignation of the then President Gotabaya Rajapaksa between early April to mid July as civilians across the island nation agitated against Rajapaksha family for handling of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis, which it even now is unable to recover from.