“The Chinese never came and forced us to take money…we [had] gone and sought funds”, he said.
He stated that people and political parties were allowed to stage rallies and marches but it is mandatory to obtain permission from the police.
Official data showed that over a quarter million people have left the country so far this year, mainly for jobs.
The President has also said that it will be difficult to get funding from other institutions if IMF support does not come through.
The move could reduce the strike risk as much as 95 percent, ordering its smaller feeder vessels in the area to slow to 10 knots in blue whale habitats, activists say.
However, she said that as of now there had been no discussions on the need for her to resign to facilitate Rajapaksa’s entry into Parliament via the National List.
All creditors, including China, have to agree to restructure their existing loans to the island nation before the IMF starts disbursing a US$2.9 billion loan.
The military ship is expected to head towards its home port Jiangyin near Shanghai, but it is unclear whether the ship will make another port call while on the way back to China.
Senior officials said the speed that the protest movement grew had made it quite impossible to de-escalate the threat by security measures alone.
Political circles expect President Wickremesinghe and his government to negotiate enlisting opposition party members to broadbase the administration in coming days.