Today marks 125th International Worker’s Day

May Day in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s main political parties and affiliated trade unions will hold rallies today to mark the 125th International Workers’ Day (May Day). A majority of political parties will hold their rallies in Colombo.

The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) along with coalition partners National Freedom Front (NFF) and the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), will hold its rally under the theme “Protect Motherland and defend independence” at Campbell park in Colombo under the theme “Protect Motherland and defend independence”. The processkion commence from the Nelum Pokuna Mawatha today at 12 noon and pro ceed to the Campbell Park where the May Day rally will be held under the leadership of Pesident Mahinda 3pm..

The main opposition United National Party along with coalition partners National Freedom Front (NFF) and the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP),will hold its May Day rally in Ampara under the patronage of the party’s Acting Leader Karu Jayasuriya on the theme ‘Reasonable Pay and a government to protect workers’ rights’.

The Police media spokesman speaking to tjhe media said that altogether 17 May Day rallies and 15 May Day processions are expected to take place today.

A media briefing was also convened by the UPFA in Colombo with regard to May Day rallies and SLFP General Secretary Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that they will pass 6 key proposals submitted by the trade unions..

The JVP will hold their May Day rally under the theme ‘Red May Rally to empower people and the voice of people”.commencing from Dehiwala S. De S. Jayasinghe grounds and arrive at Colombo B.R.C. grounds, where the party’s rally will be held.

Ceylon Workers’ Congress rally will be held at the city centre in Bandarawela at 10am.

Police Media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that a special traffic plan will be implemented within Colombo due to May day rallies and processions and 5000 police officers together 600 police officers in civil will be deployed on May Day

(Government News Portal)