A demonstration was staged in Moratuwa by carpenters demanding action by the government over their grievances.
The demonstrators blocked the road at Rawatawatte which affected the traffic flow along the road.
The carpenters claimed that their business has been severely affected by carpenters in the East who make wood products using trees chopped down from the jungle.
Meanwhile Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga had visited the protestors in an attempt to discuss their concerns.
However the demonstrators hurled some objects towards the Minister forcing the police to intervene. (Colombo Gazette)