By Easwaran Rutnam
The Gota Go Gama protest site at Galle Face marks 50 days today (Saturday).
The protest began on 9th April after Sri Lanka suffered a serious economic crisis resulting in a shortage of fuel, gas and enforced power cuts.
Protesters gathered at Galle Face, near the entrance to the Presidential Secretariat and demanded President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to accept responsibility for the crisis and step down.
The protest grew in numbers over the following days as most people began to camp at Galle Face giving the protest site the name “Gota Go Gama” and “Occupy Galle Face”.
The camp site continued to grow each day with food and water being donated and medical facilities also being established.
A number of attempts were made to push the demonstrators to leave the premises but the attempts failed.
Eventually on 9th May Government sponsored thugs and protesters marched to Galle Face and attacked the peaceful demonstrators.
The incident grew wide condemnation and also led to the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)