Sri Lanka major opposition to hold next protest on March 01

Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka major opposition United National Party (UNP) has organized another protest next week against the government’s moves that the UNP claims caused the cost of living to rise.

The protest demonstration will take place in the outskirts of Colombo, in Panadura on March 01.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the party will hold three such mass protests across the island next month.

The Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the UNP protest march held in front of the Colombo Fort Railway Station on January 17 against the increase of fuel prices.

Addressing protestors Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe said they would continue a campaign against the fuel price increase which he said was mostly due to the wasteful practices of the government and not due to a fuel price increase internationally.

However, the global crude oil prices have been steadily rising for the past two months reaching US$ 125.44 for a barrel of Brent crude and US$ 109.62 for a barrel of WTI crude.

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