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Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 01.17 GMT
Government rejects reports of protest ban during CHOGM next month


The government today rejected the media reports that said the government has banned protests in the capital city of Colombo in the month of November to provide security to the Commonwealths Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to be held next month.

Local media reports said the government under the public security regulations has directed that protests, marches and the display of banners and black flags be banned during the first three weeks of November.

Addressing a media briefing, the Director General of Media Centre for National Security Lakshman Hulugalla has said that there was no truth to the reports.

However, for security reasons there will be some restriction during that time period, he said adding that there may be road closures for short periods of time to allow the delegates attending the CHOGM to travel within the city.

Hulugalla further has said that the statement made by the Legal Advisor to the Defence Ministry, Hariguptha Rohanadheera and reported by the local media that the government has made this decision as part of the security plan during the CHOGM summit scheduled to commence in Colombo on November 15th has been corrected.

He added that any such notice would be delivered by the Media Center for National Security.





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