Negombo fishers up in arms over K’oil price hike

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Fishermen in the Negombo protested yesterday (29) around 12.00 noon, demanding that Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda and other Ministry officials distribute the required stock of kerosene keeping their dire need for the commodity in mind.

For the past two weeks, fishermen in the Negombo Periyamulle area have protested by setting up tents near the railway crossing, condemning the skyrocketing kerosene price and demanding that it be sold at the previous price because they were unable to afford such a high price.

The protestors shouted slogans against the government and alleged that they were unable to go to sea for the past three months as they were not given fuel including kerosene and were struggling to feed families as a result.

One of the prime demands was that kerosene must be sold at the previous price as the new price was beyond their reach. The protest ended around 1.15p.m, Negombo Fisheries Society President Aruna Roshantha said.

BY Naalir Jamaldeen