ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main opposition the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) will hold a demonstration on March 15 in Colombo against the rising cost of living and the multiple crises the country is facing, SJB general secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara said.

The MP told EconomyNext that the protest will focus on rising prices, fuel and gas shortages and the ongoing power crisis.

Pockets of protests – some public, others organised by opposition parties – have been springing up across Sri Lanka over the various crises the country is currently battling as a result of a crippling dollar shortage.

All organisations affiliated with the SJB will join the protest, the MP said. Asked if any defectors from the government can be expected at the event, Madduma Bandara answered in the negative.

A separate protest that was to be held in Anuradhapura at the end of this month has been postponed, he added.

The last SJB protest against the government organised on November 16 met resistance, with police turning away some protestors marching into Colombo.

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