A collective of artistes, academics and civil society activist has come together to provide a joint platform for all opposition political parties that campaign for the abolition of executive presidential system. The first mass rally of the collective ‘Paravsi Balaya’ ( පුරවැසි බලය Citizen’s Power) will be held at 3 pm on Tuesday, December 2, at Hyde Park, Colombo. The theme of the rally is ‘Escaping the Trap’ (උගුලෙන් ගැලවෙමු).
The Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, TNA National List Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Democratic Party Leader and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, Mano Ganeshan of the Democratic Peoples’ Front, Sunil Jayasekara of the Free Media Movement, Ravaya editor k.W. Janaranjana, Gamini Viyangoda, Dr. Chandraguptha Tenuwara and number of other academics and activists a will address the rally.
An activist of the Puravasi Balaya told SLB that they will hold few more such meetings around the country. A poster campaign has been already launched.