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Opposition MPs drive tractors, tuktuks protesting Sri Lanka’s fuel price hike

SJB MP Dr Harsha de Silva – Image credit: Twitter

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main opposition the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) organised a protest campaign on June 22 against a controversial fuel price hike.

The protest followed a no confidence motion submitted against Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila the previous day.

Related: Fuel price drama: Sri Lanka opposition SJB hands over no confidence motion against minister

MPs, who began the protest near the parliament premises, were seen driving or being chauffeured in tractors, trucks, motorcycles and threewheelers – a far cry from their regular luxury SUVs and exorbitantly priced sedans.

Opposition and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa told reporters at the protest that the party’s demand is concessions for an increasingly burdened and fatigued public.

“We know people are under tremendous strain because of the fuel price increase. On top of that, there is the fertiliser issues. Children are not getting a decent education,” he said.  (Colombo/June22/2021)

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