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Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala says the government has allowed the public to freely express themselves.

Speaking at an event held in Kahawatte, Minister Athukorala said current protests are proof of democracy in the island.

Minister Athukorala said the government has given the opportunity to hold protests in the island adding that it takes ministry officials around 2-3 hours to get home from the Ministry as the roads are blocked due to several protests.

The Minister said this proves the amount of freedom in the island adding that citizens should be happy about this.

Minister Athukorala said the President and Prime Minister has repeatedly said that the government should not try to oppress the public adding that however, when the public stages protests over minor issues, the government needs to look into it more seriously.