A major opposition party has said the government is using the COVID-19 epidemic as a ‘cover’ to reduce the size of public meetings.
The Sri Lankan government has announced new anti-coronavirus laws to reduce the size of public gatherings, just days before protesters prepare to hold a major national assembly.
The government has instructed officials to determine the number of people who attend public meetings in accordance with a plan released Thursday.
At present, it is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
This came shortly after the main opposition party, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (United People’s Front), called for a demonstration next Tuesday in Colombo.
The event will attract more people across the country, with organizers expecting more than 10,000 people.
It will also be the first major public protest to stage anti-government protests since it was elected to the presidency in August last year.
Director General of Health Services Asela Herath said the regulations are part of a series of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
However, the death toll from COVID-19 in Sri Lanka has dropped to 20 per day compared to more than 200 in September, while the number of reported daily infections is about 600 compared to 4,000 in September.
“It is clear that the government does not want the protests to take place and is using the health law as a cover,” said SJB MP Nalin Bandara.