By Colombo Telegraph –
Here are the highlights of what took place today in Hulftsdorp ;
The government has transported hundreds of thugs and supporters to Hulftsdorp in the early hours. Several banners had been put up stating that the judiciary is dividing the country etc. A huge police team (approximately 500) together with military were present. Road barriers were kept ready. Several high ranking police officers including DIGs were present and they were obviously supporting the groups that were transported. These unruly groups were obviously getting ready to hoot and throw stones. But it failed because the Chief Justice followed a different route.
Media was not permitted to enter the court complex. This was solved with the intervention of the lawyers. Lawyers have found that there were specific orders not to permit foreign media to enter the courts to cover the CJ’s coming out of the courts.
CJ appeared from the main door with 210 judges around 9.20 am and then moved into the lawyers section. There were approximately 800-1000 lawyers (from all provinces) assembled in the courts to wish her. Trade Union leaders were also seen. The civil society people who were present outside the court were asked to move by the police who were in fact protecting the government protesters (who were carrying boards distributed by an unidentified group).
She was given blessings by Ven, Maduluwawe Sobhitha and Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda and a large number of religious dignitories were present. Initially, police had prevented the Buddhist monks entering the Courts.
Sathyagraha was conducted after CJ left and continued for about one hour. Lawyers also observed that outside the courts several pro government groups were distributed money. All moves to enter into a confrontation with the lawyers by the pro government groups were averted by lawyers.
Near the parliament- another set of pro government groups were ready to hoot and ridicule the CJ.
PSC sitting is continuing in the afternoon.
Non aggressive dissent shown against the degrading treatment meted out to the Judiciary by MR regime before the Supreme Court by Attorney-a