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‘GotaGoGama’ library shifted to Presidential Secretariat

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The library that was located at the “GotaGoGama” protest site in front of the Presidential Secretariat on the Galle Face Green demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation was installed in the Presidential Secretariat building yesterday (10).

Those who had gathered at the protest site yesterday took approximately 100 books from the library’s 5,000 books to the Presidential Secretariat as the first step in establishing the library in the Presidential Secretariat.

Addressing a media briefing at that time, members of the library stated: “These buildings are maintained with public money, but the general public was never allowed to enter these buildings. The heads of state, ministers, and other bigwigs just lived a comfortable life inside. However, looking at the state of the country today, it is clear that the public money spent on maintaining these buildings has not been used properly.”

They said that the shortcomings in the education sector have been a major reason for the country to be in a state of crisis at present, and pointed out that libraries are a great help in raising the level of education of the citizens. They also mentioned that anyone who comes to “GotaGoGama” can visit the library located in the Presidential Secretariat and read the books.

“One of the reasons why the country is in a crisis is the problems in the education sector. While billions are spent on militarisation and the pleasure of the rulers, very little money is allocated for education. Therefore, we hope to do something for the progress of the education sector through this library. We, as the ‘GotaGoGama’ library, have also helped many libraries around the country, even those close to the Medamulana Walawwa (the ancestral home of the Rajapaksa family),” they added.

They also stated that the library’s address, which was previously “Public Library, GotaGoGama, Colombo 2,” would be changed to “Public Library, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo 1” as of yesterday. They stated that anyone who came to the protest site could bring at least one book to the library, and that the books could also be mailed.

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the island demonstrated on the Galle Face Green on July 9th, demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the government. Although the security forces, including the Police, used various methods, including teargassing, to drive the protestors away, the people were able to seize power in the Presidential Secretariat, the President’s House, and the Prime Minister’s official residence, Temple Trees, which had been heavily guarded, by the afternoon of 9 July.

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