Massive anti-government protest in Colombo

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 February 2001, 22:21 GMT]
(Photos) More than one-hundred thousand supporters of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) poured onto the roads of Colombo as a five-day long protest rally which began in the hill town of Kandy arrived in the capital Friday. The rally was organised by the UNP to denounce government's economic policy, opposition activists said. Protesters carried coffins and shouted slogans mourning the death of the rupee currency, which was floated last month. The opposition has threatened a general strike and demanding the government step down.

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