Thousands protest against constitutional reforms
[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 August 2000, 06:39 GMT]
More than four thousand protestors demonstrated against the constitutional reform bill Thursday morning from 9 a.m on the approach road to the Sri Lankan Parliament near Colombo. The large demonstration was organised by the radical leftist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (People's Liberation Front). Heavily armed riot Police blocked off the approach road at a junction two kilometers from the Parliament. The draft bill containing the constitutional reforms is expected to be tabled in the national legislature later in the morning.
The JVP said that it will organise protests against the bill in all parts of the country soon.
The Buddhist clergy has also threatened to begin country wide demonstrations and protests against the reforms which they say will divide the island and undermine the Sinhala people politically.