Gota Go Gama at Galle Face marks 50 days

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)


  1. Protests and wars without aims is pointless. Make sure that you have an aim and you will not be betrayed as your parents, grandparents and forefathers.

    Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan are going down. India has the same system; eventually, it will go down too. However, it will take for a while because India is a big country and has a larger economy than the other South Asian countries. South Asia has larger population than China but becoming bankrupt. Surely, Indian big brothers have betrayed South Asia.

    How could you simply trust the western powers and implement the western system after you have been ripped off for centuries? How could you simply trust the mass murderers who killed between 100 and 200 million Native people to take over North America and Australasia to have massive resources? The world’s majority has been trusting and following the mass murderers, instead of stopping them form invading continents on genocides.

    I have attached a video link of the Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s speech. He talks about how much India was ripped off by the West for centuries. Indians have two faces; one face for telling how much the western powers has ripped off India. Second face for being proud of speaking in English language and calling the western powers as natural partners.

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