May 14, 2018

Black flags raised in Chilaw

In protest against the government’s decision to increase fuel prices, fishermen from Beruwela to Mannar have staged a protest and boycotted going to sea, according to the fisheries associations.

They pointed out that despite assurances by the government to provide them a fuel subsidy, instead the fuel prices had been increased without warning, placing the fishermen in great difficulty.

Several of the fisher folk who had not gone out to sea, had raised black flags  in the Chilaw area and the fish stalls were seen deserted. Fishing boats and multi-day trawlers were also seen parked along the lagoon stretch and the Chilaw harbor.