Sri Lanka has declared major government buildings in Colombo as high security zones

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Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday declared high security zones in Colombo, including Parliament, the Supreme Court complex and the Presidential Secretariat.

The move, a restriction in place during the LTTE movement that saw suicide blasts at such key locations, even prohibits parking of cars in any area near the premises of key government buildings.

As the public rose up across the island nation against the Rajapaksa family for their handling of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis, some of the locations designated as sites for massive public protests demanding the resignation of then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from early April to mid-July were notable. There is no getting back from it now.

In an extraordinary gazette notification issued on Friday, the Presidential Secretariat has declared major government installations and localities as high security zones.

“The areas surrounding Parliament, Supreme Court Complex, High Court Complex in Colombo, Magistrate Court Complex in Colombo and Attorney General’s Department, Presidential Secretariat, Presidential Palace, Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters and Police Headquarters have been declared as high security zones. .

The zone includes the Ministry of Defense and the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters, the Sri Lanka Air Force Headquarters, the Prime Minister’s Office, Alari Malikai, the Prime Minister’s Residence, and the official residences of the Secretary of the Ministry of Defense and the Commanders-in-Chief, located near Parliament. Triforce said.

According to the notification, protests and public gatherings are prohibited in areas declared as high security zones, and parking of vehicles is not allowed near certain places.

The move is a return to the days of the LTTE’s separatist campaign before 2009. The separatist group then carried out a series of suicide bombings at key locations as part of their campaign.

Anti-government protesters are now being arrested for illegally entering these key areas and the government’s use of a controversial anti-terrorism law to detain some of them has come under criticism from international rights groups.

(This story was published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to headline or content were made by ABP Live.)

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