COLOMBO Nike Air Max 2018 Zwart Kopen , May 1 (Xinhua) -- Millions of Sri Lankans took to the streets in the capital to celebrate May Day on Thursday with President Mahinda Rajapaksa telling the nation to back his policies and stand against international intervention.
An estimated 1.5 million people flocked to Colombo, mostly ferried by state-owned busses, which began their slow stroll in the afternoon to make their way to the Campbell Park and hear the president's speech.
The support comes at a time when the ruling party, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has faced strong criticism from the international community for cracking down on human rights, religious freedom and democracy.
Sri Lanka's government ended a 27 year war with the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) in 2009 but has come under fire from the international community for failing to credibly investigate allegations of war crimes.
In recent weeks the army and police have been engaged in a controversial crackdown of suspected LTTE operatives in the northern region of Sri Lanka who the government insists is attempting to revive the organization.
In March the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution allowing an investigation through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the last seven years of the conflict.
In response the government also banned 16 Tamil organizations that it says is pro-LTTE, drawing even more fire from rights groups such as New York based Human Rights Watch that has condemned the move as an attempt to limit legitimate political representation of the Tamil people.
The UN probe has been vehemently rejected by the Sri Lankan government with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his May Day address pledging to block "interference" from UN investigations.
Undeterred the government spent a considerable amount of money in staging a massive May Day rally to show the opposition that their power was still solid.
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The government rally including the president's speech was telecast live on all the state-owned TV channels complete with interviews from the participants.
Floats, dancing troupes and music bands were also used to provide color and diversion to the crowd.
May Day is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. Over 1,000 police were deployed to manage 17 rallies that were organized by different political parties.
Main opposition, United National Party (UNP) conducted a more modest rally where Acting Leader Karu Jayasuriya pledged to topple the government and highlighted the rising cost of living as evidence that the government was not concerned of the public.
"We have given repeated warnings to the government over and over again and urged for relief for the people but we will not do it again and therefore will topple the government as soon as possible," he said.
Marxist party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) also staged a well-attended rally, which focused on the high cost of living and other issues.
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