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The Collective of Trade Associations from several areas including Kiribathgoda, Kelaniya, Katugastota and Badulla staged protests against the increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) this morning.

Most of the shops in these areas were closed for hours.

Protesters at Kiribathgoda blocked the Kandy-Colombo Road for several hours and burnt a coffin in the middle of the town. A signature campaign was also launched by the protestors in Badulla against VAT. (Lal S. Kumara and Palitha Ariyawansa)


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  • citizens Wednesday, 29 June 2016 08:25 PM

    this is like talking to a deaf man via DM Android App

    Nilam Wednesday, 29 June 2016 08:27 PM

    I have a shop in Badulla and I had to close it from 8 am to 12 noon. I did it because I didn't want to attract unfriendly attention. Not because I protested or anything. None of the people who organized these protests raised a whimper when multi billion dollar thefts were carried out in broad daylight.

    karu Wednesday, 29 June 2016 09:36 PM

    VAT, from the day it was introduced has been a failure. It will lead to bankruptcy.

    Jesus Thursday, 30 June 2016 02:02 AM

    Please increase it more

    ajith Thursday, 30 June 2016 04:52 PM

    This protests are not because love of their customers. All shop owners are dead scared of getting caught of the tax net by paying VAT. Do not give in to the black economy.


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