UNP advised against staging rally in Jaffna

The United National Party (UNP) has been advised against holding its May Day rally in Jaffna owing to possible threats from the LTTE.

UNP MP John Amaratunga said that the Ministerial Security Division (MSD) had issued the advice to the Personal Security Officers (PSO) of UNP members.

He said the MSD feels the threat from the LTTE still remains in the north and as a precaution the opposition should avoid holding its May Day rally in the area.

The UNP MP however questioned how such a threat could exist when the government has claimed that the LTTE has been eliminated.

Amaratunga said he feels the government is attempting to disrupt the UNP May Day rally in Jaffna by raising false concerns.

The UNP is to stage a joint opposition May Day rally in Jaffna and Amaratunga says the rally will proceed as scheduled despite the advice issued by the MSD.


(Report by Indika Sri Aravinda for Colombo Gazette)