Ruwan says JO protest a failure, Namal says have elections, Sajith says he’ll bring 100,000, Colombo residents say please don’t

Ruwan Wijewardene and Sajith Premadasa

September 7, 2018 (LBO) – After much buildup, all sides are trying to spin the results of the JO protests that shut down the city. The shutdown was more pre-emptive fear than actual obstruction caused by protestors. It is likely that preparations by the public to avoid Colombo reduced the chaos that the protest would have normally caused.

Addressing a news briefing held at the Government Information Department, the State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said the protest only resulted in inconveniencing the people who were in Colombo.

“Because of the protest parents could not send their children to school, people could not get to work. As you know Wednesday is the public day in many ministries and people could not get to meet their ministers because of the protest. It was not the government but the people in the City of Colombo that were affected,”

Namal Rajapaksa put out a tweet to respond to the general perception that the protests were a flop:

Sajith Premadasa had said at the 72nd anniversary function at Sirikotha that he is ready to bring 100,000 people to the Galle Face Green to show the strength of the UNP.

However when one speaks to residents of Colombo, many say that they wish the protestors would go somewhere else.  One even said in jest that “they should go to Hambantota instead and just leave us alone.”