Fishermen abandon protest
Fishermen in the Negombo, Chilaw and Kalpitiya areas have decided to
abandon their protest and go back to sea, heeding the call by President
Mahinda Rajapaksa. Deputy Fisheries Minister Sarath Kuamara Gunarathna
and local politicians met the fishermen who were engaging in the protest
and had cordial discussions to give solutions for their problems.
After the discussion, the fishermen who boycotted fishing activities
protesting against the recent fuel hike decided to give up the protest
when the deputy minister informed them that President Mahinda Rajapaksa
had directed officials to grant the fuel concession to all fishermen as
promised by the government, Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathna
told the Daily News. The protesting fishermen were demanding a proper
mechanism to ensure their livelihoods and for granting the promised fuel
concession to all fishermen without discrimination.
The deputy minister together with Western Provincial Council
Fisheries Minister Nimal Lanza particpated in the discussion with the
fishermen . They informed the fishermen that President Mahinda Rajapaksa
has identified their problem well and promised to give solutions as soon
The fishermen who agreed to give up the protest and start fishing
from today onwards thanked President Rajapaksa for taking immediate
action to grant them relief.