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Last updated: 01 May, 2008 - Published 17:45 GMT
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War tops May Day
 May Day Rally
May Day Rally
The government and the main opposition of Sri Lanka celebrated the International Workers day away from the capital.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa heading the government rally in the eastern province where provincial elections are due to be held on the 10th of May.

President Rajapaksa told crowds at the Mahaweli esplanade in Dehiattakandiya that the eastern region would never be an LTTE controlled area again.

"We have now taken steps to liberate the people in the north", he said.

May Day Rally

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) confined its May Day celebrations to religious observances.

General Secretary of the UNP, Tissa Attanayaka said that the UNP did not want to hold a May Day rally in view of the country's current political and social situation.

He said working class is pressed with economic burden, unemployment and insecurity.

"How can you celebrate May Day under these circumstances?", Attanayake questioned.

May Day Rally
May Day Rally

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held its May Day rally at the Colombo Town Hall premises. It lacked a march that had been a notable part of earlier JVP celebrations.

JVP MP Vijitha Herath said that the time is ripe to liberate people from the global capitalism.

Government allies, the Communist Party, the Lanka Sama Samaja Party, and the Democratic Left Front held their combined Socialist People's Front's May Day Rally at Kirullepone.

The leader of the Democratic Left Front, Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that they were a group that "strengthen the government on one hand while opposing the government on the other".

May Day Rally
May Day Rally

The United Trade Unions (UTU) May Day was held at the Hyde Park, Colombo. The leader of the New Left Front Dr.Vickremabahu Karunaratne marching with UTU said that people today are faced with three main social and political threats.

"Starvation, the genocidal war and globalisation have destabilised the whole structure of country", he said.

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