JVP, SLFP foot march begins from Kandy

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 September 2003, 13:13 GMT]
Leaders of sinhala nationalist marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), Buddhist Monks and thousands of party activists, supporters joined together under the Patriotic National Movement banner today morning and started a five- day, 116 kilometers foot march from Kandy to Colombo as a protest against to the establishment of separate an interim administrative structure for the northeast province and United National Front (UNF) government.

Former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayke, SLFP parliamentarians Sarath Amunugame, Mangala Sameraweera, Jeyaraj Fernadopulle, Dilan Perera, Janaka Tennakoon, Pavitra Wanniarachchi, Arujuna Ranathunga, Mahindanada Aluthgamgay, JVP propaganda secretary and party parliament group leader Wimal Weerawansa, Anura Dissanayake, Anjana Umma and MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena lead the foot March.



JVP Foot March
Buddhist Monks join the foot march



Several nationalist Sinhala organizations also participated in the demonstration.

The marchers carried the Sri Lanka National flags and anti- Sri Lanka Government placards, and shouted slogans condemning the peace process between the Wickremesinghe Government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Marchers also carried the heroes cut out of Sri Lankan independent struggle, Rev. Kudapola thera, Monaravila Kappetipola, Weeraduraye Samee and Weerapuran appu.



JVP Foot March




Before the foot march started, Rev. Ellay Gunawansa thera, Former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake, JVP secretary Tilvin Silva, and MEP leader Dinash Gunawardena addressed the assembled marchers. They told the marchers the the Wickremesinghe Government is selling the country to the Liberation Tigers and people should join together to defeat the United National Front.



JVP Foot March
Demonstraters carying the Sri Lanka national flag



JVP Foot March
Cut outs of key participants in Sri Lanka independent struggle
JVP Foot March
Teenagers carrying Sri Lanka's national flag in the march





JVP Foot March
Sri Lanka Fredom Party (SLFP), Jantha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Majana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leaders march under the Patriotic National Movement banner



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