Police used tear gas to disperse a large number of protesting traders in Dambulla. The protest was against the government regulation to make plastic crates compulsory when transporting vegetables and fruits, a reporter stated.
Protesting farmers and traders set fire to a bus, pelted stones at passing vehicles and attacked police officers.
The police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters but to no avail. The unruly crowd pelted stones and assaulted the police officers with clubs and entered the Dambulla Economic Centre by force and caused extensive damage to the property.
They also pelted stones at the vehicles. Several police officers and protesters were injured in the incident. (News and Pix by Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa)
Dont give in crates are a good way to trasport veges and fruits.
faqi Tuesday, 13 December 2011 02:41 PM
This not a peaceful protest but a violent one. I am happy the Police used tear gas to disperse this rowdy crowd. What's the big deal here. Vegetables and fruits packed in plastic crates lessen the damage when being transported.
Don Tuesday, 13 December 2011 04:19 PM
Well.......Is the government providing these crates free of charge....how can the poor farmers and the poor consumers bear the cost........Dont bite the hand that feeds
Lala Tuesday, 13 December 2011 05:07 PM
Plastic containers are used all over the world to protect the post harvest crops until they reach the consumers. It is the consumers who should protest and not the growers. This is good news !!! as it is the peak tourist season and this it happen in Dambulla. I guess there are so many ways to destroy this beautiful island Lanka :(
Ghouse Tuesday, 13 December 2011 06:07 PM
People/traders should be educated about the benefits of using crates for transporting vegetables.
Engineer Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:53 PM
sri lanka badly needs a riot control police.
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