Fisher folk hit by fuel price hike protest

Published : 8:57 am  May 14, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (42) reads | 

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By Sanath Gamage and Chandrasena Gamage

Fishermen in Hungama staged a protest against the kerosene price hike yesterday at the Kurupokona Junction in Hungama.


The protest created a tense atmosphere in the area and brought traffic on the Tangalle- Hambantota Road to a standstill.


The protestors pointed out that the Government had promised to introduce a coupon system to supply kerosene to fisherman on a concessionary price, but it would not serve any purpose or benefit fishermen.
They said the owners of multiday trawlers and the fishing boats were running at a loss due to the price increase.


The Convener of the All Ceylon Fishermen’s’ Organisation Ratna Gamage said that the protest yesterday was just a token protest and that they would launch islandwide campaign with the participation of fisherfolk all over the county, if the Government ignored their grievance.


When the Police requested them to call off the protest they accused the Government of attempting to curb their campaign by force without least concerned about their hardship.


They warned that they would take to the streets with their families if the Government failed to resolve the issue.  

 

 

The owners of multiday trawlers and the fishing boats were running at a loss due to the price increase.