Protest march held to mark 50 days of Galle Face struggle

By Easwaran Rutnam

A protest march was held today to mark 50 days of the struggle at Galle Face in Colombo.

The march, which began at Colpetty, saw the participation of trade unions, university students, and several ordinary citizens.

The march went along Galle Road and through Galle Face where they were joined by religious leaders and others.

The peaceful demonstrators walked towards Fort and stopped near the turn to the World Trade center.

Some of the participants, including activists, spoke to the protesters and issued a declaration.

The protesters were urged to disperse peacefully and not engage in any violence.

The Gota Go Gama protest site at Galle Face marked 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. Most of you won’t see the way I do. If you see as I do, I have wasted being single and spending most of my time in libraries. Surely, impossible for you to understand me 100%, especially if you live in Sri Lanka with limited geographical knowledge. Even former superpower Russia and Asian giant China are struggling to understand the western countries’ tricks. South Asia has no chance. Impossible for you to beat the western powers. Even if you dodged the bullet of western powers, you can’t dodge the bullet of dragon. This is why I say your middle name is ‘suffering’. The South Asian leaders are very naive, because they think developing a country or becoming a regional or world power is so easy as fooling their own people in the name of religion and language.

  2. Don’t let Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Rajapaksas, Indians and western powers hijack the good course: otherwise, you will 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 they simply trust the western powers and implement the western system after they have been ripped off for centuries? How could they 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 have ripped off India for centuries. Second face for being proud of speaking in English language and calling the western powers as natural partners.

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