"Our campaign for a system change would continue, although we ended our campaign here at this site," Vidarshana Kannangara, another activist said.
Lankan economic woes to last another year; nuclear energy, logistics could revive condition: Prez Ranil
Wickremesinghe, who has previously described Sri Lanka's economy as bankrupt, said that economic reforms would require higher taxation.
Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe invited the political parties to form an all-party government to overcome the current economic crisis as the Parliament reconvened after a seven-day adjournment.
The latest policy note recommended that a household electricity use threshold of 60 kWh per month as a determinant of eligibility for welfare benefits.
Sri Lanka committed to 'one-China' policy: President Wickremesinghe says after Pelosi's Taiwan visit
Sri Lanka has seen months of mass unrest over the worst economic crisis, with the government declaring bankruptcy in mid-April by refusing to honour its international debt.
New York-based Human Rights body said that Sri Lanka's military sought to curtail protests through intimidation, surveillance, and arbitrary arrests of demonstrators since President Ranil took office.
Wickremesinghe further said that there is no point in blaming the former president for the economic crisis and urged all parties to come together to take the country out of the economic mess.
Wickremesinghe said a programme could only be implemented with the participation of all political parties represented in Parliament, expert groups and civil society.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a congratulatory letter to Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe after the latter got elected as the 8th President of the island nation.
The Prime Minister also conveyed that he looked forward to working closely with the Sri Lankan President for the mutual benefit of people.
"Normal painkillers, antibiotics and paediatric medicines are in extremely short supply. Other medicines have become up to four times expensive in the last three months," says a pharmacy owner.
Ranil Wickremesinghe will have to work overtime to prove that he is an able leader. Unfortunately, a few events in the last few days after his election fail to inspire confidence.
He has moved quickly to consolidate his position since lawmakers elected him this week to finish the term of his predecessor, ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The political turmoil has threatened efforts to seek rescue from the International Monetary Fund. Still, earlier this week, Wickremesinghe said bailout talks were nearing a conclusion.
The decision to evict the anti-government protesters came a day after Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as president after ex-president Rajapaksa fled the country last week.
The previous Cabinet will function till a national government is agreed upon once Parliament convenes and then a Cabinet reshuffle will take place.
The new president said he would extend support to the peaceful protesters but would be tough on those who try to promote violence under the guise of peaceful protests.
Much water has flowed since the early years of his political leadership and Wickremesinghe is no longer hailed as the "Mr Clean" of Sri Lankan politics...
'Worried turbulence in Sri Lanka may continue': Chidambaram on Wickremesinghe's election as President
Veteran politician Wickremesinghe was on Wednesday elected as Sri Lanka's president by lawmakers, in a rare move that could provide continuity for crucial discussions with the IMF for a bailout deal.
Wickremesinghe also said he would give the change the people want, and stressed that is a friend of the people. He also said that is looking at the opportunity to strengthen his United National Party.