FCOThe British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned visitors to Sri Lanka to avoid any political gatherings or rallies adding that political rallies and election campaigns in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent.

In an updated travel advice on Sri Lanka issued today as a result of the upcoming Presidential elections, British citizens visiting Sri Lanka have been told by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to be vigilant.

“Political rallies and election campaigns in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent. Several meetings organised by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have also been disrupted in a violent manner recently. You should avoid any political gathering or rally and be wary of spontaneous large gatherings. Carry a form of official photographic identification with you at all times. You should follow local news closely in case a curfew or other restrictions are announced,” the FCO said.

It notes earlier in 2014, there were violent disturbances in Aluthgama (near Bentota) and Beruwala which resulted in 4 reported deaths and many injuries, as well as damage to buildings and local businesses.

“Both areas are near to tourist resorts on the coast. There have been isolated incidents and disturbances elsewhere around the country, primarily targeting Evangelical Christians and Muslims. You should take care and avoid demonstrations,” the FCO said in the travel advice. (Colombo Gazette)

West wants dummies brought into power- President MAHINDA

While claiming that with an unstable government, a country cannot be developed, President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that nowadays western countries want to bring dummies into power and they are trying to do the same in Sri Lanka as well.

“We should not allow dancing to the tune of western powers. See the situation in the Middle East. In such a situation, a country will plunge further and you can’t expect a development in such countries,” the President said at Temple Trees addressing a large number of members of the SamathaMandalaya from various parts of the country.

The President also said the current stable situation in the country was clearly showing that the country is leading toward the development path.

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