Pics and text by Gazala Anwer
UNP MP Sajith Premadasa, speaking at the party headquarter Sirikotha this afternoon said that the 18th amendment to the constitution – that was passed in parliament today – was a draconian attempt to subvert democracy.
“As far as the 18th amendment is concerned, I believe it is a draconian attempt by the present administration to subvert democracy,” he said.
He added that he believed that the power of the people will one day have great effect, saying ”I believe it is up to the UNP to take the cause of the people’s sovereignty and protection of civil rights and ensure there is a greater awareness. I fervently believe once the people are made aware, you won’t need any political power to demonstrate.”
“It all depends on the amount of peoples support and mobilization we can garner”, he added. ”Regime change should follow a constitutional process. The power of the people will have a great effect”.
The UNP – led by Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe – and a large number of its members, boycotted the vote in Parliament today and instead held a protest march from the party headquarters Sirikotha, to the Parliament.
The protest was however blocked less than 1km away from the Parliament, forcing the opposition protesters who were fronted by Sajith Premadasa, Rosy Senanayake, Dayasiri Jayasekara and Ravi Karunanayake to turn back.