Sri Lanka’s 75th Independence Day celebrated under tight security

Sri Lanka’s 75th Independence Day celebrated under tight security

Sri Lanka’s 75th Independence Day was celebrated at Galle Face under tight security today.

A heavy military presence was seen on the streets in some parts of Colombo during the celebrations.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena attended the celebrations together with members of Parliament, mostly from the Government.

The main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya boycotted the celebrations at Galle Face together with a number of other political parties.

However, several foreign diplomats attended the celebrations on an invitation extended by the Government.

Among the special invitees were the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland and Ministers from India, Japan and Nepal.

A number of roads around Galle Face were closed during the celebrations.

Hotels in the Galle Face area had also informed guests about access to the hotels being restricted owing to the rehearsals and parade.

Protests were scheduled to take place in parts of Colombo against the Independence Day celebrations yet there were no protests around Galle Face. (Colombo Gazette)

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