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Opposition shuns May Day rallies

By Jayashika Padmasiri
The country’s main two opposition parties, the United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), have decided to shun large-scale May Day commemorations on Thursday due to security reasons.

The UNP will instead hold a religious ceremony and the JVP will hold a small-scale meeting in Colombo sans processions.
UNP Spokesman Gayantha Karunatilleke told The Nation yesterday that they plan to have a religious ceremony this year on May Day instead of having the usual May Day rallies and meetings.

“Today the country is in a state where no one can have a celebration or a demonstration. So instead of the usual May Day celebration, we will have religious ceremonies at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya and Hindu religious observances in Nuwara Eliya,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva also told The Nation that the party had decided to boycott the celebrations due to the volatile security situation and the forthcoming eastern election scheduled for May 10.

“We are not going to have the May Day demonstration this year because of security reasons and the Eastern election. However, we will hold a meeting in Town Hall. It will be held without the tradition rally,” Silva said.

Silva added that the JVP has decided to focus more on the Eastern election instead of the May Day celebrations this year.
Meanwhile, the government has also decided against holding a rally and will only have a May Day meeting in Dehiattakandiya instead.

Meanwhile, UNP MP S.B. Dissanayake said that he intended to join MP Mano Ganesan at the May Day commemorations in Nuwara Eliya.

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