Sri Lanka

Public protests: the people’s right

Feb 4, 2017
Hardly a day passes without public protests staged in Colombo city and in other parts of the country. There is a distinct difference between those staged in Colombo and others. In the city of Colombo public protests are staged to draw the attention of the government towards the people’s views on national issues, influence policy making, and change the policy-makers’ mind and affect their decisions. Yet, the common feature in almost all the protests in other parts of the country in far flung rural villages and small towns, taking place daily is that the people come out to the streets and protest against local government officials’ inaction on their grievances/complaints and are clearly confined to local issues.
 
These public protests when analysed, will find as the cause in most instances, either inaction or the lethargic attitude of government officials, applying the law favourable to one or the other party, and political influence. In many instances, according to the protesters, they have been compelled to take such action as the last resort, in view of their grievances having not been heard and no action taken to resolve them by the authorities who should act. The people regard public protest as the only means of communicating their grievances to the authorities to receive attention.
 
Read more at: http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=159754
 
My Island, February 3, 2017 

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