Police trucks that were parked opposite the Presidential Secretariat today (16) have now been removed.

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) in a statement today said it received credible information from its members of a number of police trucks being moved into the vicinity of Galle Face Green, where there is an ongoing mass protest.

“The BASL views with grave concern any attempt to disrupt in whatever manner what is a peaceful protest by the people of this country. Any such attempt will have grave repercussions for the country, its democracy, its economy and the rule of law,” the BASL statement said.

They also called on the government to desist from taking any steps whatsoever to disrupt what is a legitimate exercise of the freedom of dissent of the people.