- Protestors take alternative route
- Write slogans on PM’s Wijerama residence wall
- Police use barricades with hidden spikes
- Criticism from BASL, SJB, TNA
Despite several barricades, including those with hidden spikes, along most roads leading to “Gota Go Gama” at Galle Face Green, the Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) protest march managed to reach the Green by using alternative routes yesterday (24), attracting national attention in the process.
Even though the IUSF had originally planned to march to Galle Face from Colombo Fort, the protestors chose to take an alternative route instead of physically engaging with the Police or attempting to push down the barricades.
The alternative route was via Borella to Wijerama Mawatha, where they engaged in a protest outside the residence of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The student activists managed to hang a black flag from the wall of the residence, and named the wall of the residence the “Protest Wall”, writing a number of slogans on it. Afterwards, the IUSF marched towards “GotaGoGama” through Liberty roundabout to Galle Face Green.