Holding Hands

(From left) Dharmasri Kumaratunga, Director - Payments and Settlements, Central Bank; Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank; and Tharaka Ranwala, Head of Operations and Group Chief Marketing Officer, Sampath Bank

In 2001, many a Sri Lankan and some foreign residents here at the time, dropped what they were doing, to hold hands on the streets instead.
There could be a repeat of event, but this time its organisers, Sri Lanka First, is also considering alternative proposals just in case the state of emergency now in force, stifles the hand holding momentum. rn

rnSri Lanka First came out Thursday, after it went silent soon after the 2001 campaign, to criticize political leaders for menacing the peace process and is drawing plans for a second peace support campaign. rn

rnAlternatives being considered include, hoisting white flags and putting out lanterns, but is due to make a final decision shortly. rn

rnMeanwhile, a statement from its members of Thursday says ldblquote Sri Lanka First is extremely concerned at the current political developments. These developments should not endanger the peace process, just as the country is beginning to show signs of recovery, with the economy looking up.