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.
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.
Wonder if the #SriLanka Police will now arrest me for asking ‘දැන් සැපද?’ as they have been doing the last few days, for instance our Galle local council member, @K_DeLanerolle abs many others pic.twitter.com/RbWK5nHaiO
— Harsha de Silva (@HarshadeSilvaMP) June 22, 2021
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)