Hambantota, Ratnapura, Kurunegala traders demonstrate against VAT

Hambantota, Ratnapura, Kurunegala traders demonstrate against VAT

Written by Staff Writer

07 Jul, 2016 | 9:49 pm

Retail and wholesale traders staged demonstrations in Hambantota, Ratnapura and Kurunegala against the increase of Value Added Taxes.

Traders in Ratnapura closed their shops in a show of protest against the increase of VAT. According to our correspondent in the area, only pharmacies and restaurants remained open in the area when the protest was underway.The Traders Union engaged in a demonstration opposite the Ratnapura clock tower demanding the reduction of VAT.

During the protest, a group calling themselves the “Organisation to safeguard the government of good governance and the people of the country” arrived at the location.

UNP Chief organiser of Ratnapura MP A.A. Wijeytunge as well as a group of UNP urban councillors were among the group.The group shouted slogans in support of the value added tax and a tense situation ensued.

The two groups thereafter dispersed.

Shops were closed down in the Udawalawa and Embilipitiya areas in the Ratnapura district as a mark of protest against the increase of VAT.The group which engaged in a protest in Udawala showed their discontent by raising black flags.A demonstration was also staged in the Embilitiya town.

During the protest and effigy of the finance minister was also set ablaze.Shops were closed down throughout district of Hambantota today in protest against the increase of VAT.

Traders of Hambantota closed down their shops and engaged in the demonstration in the Hambantota town. Demonstrations were held in the Ranna, Weeraketiya and Middeniya areas in Hambantota.

Yet another demonstration against the increase of Value Added Taxes was staged in the Kurunegala town.

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