JVP holds demonstration in Fort against VAT tax increase

vat demoThe Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) staged a demonstration near the Fort railway station today against the recent VAT tax hike implemented by the Government which resulted in the price of most vehicles and other products going up.

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and several other JVP members took part in the demonstration.

The JVP, which backed President Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential election, said that the VAT is a burden on the public.

The new 15 percent VAT was implemented recently but the Government insists that several items have been exempted.

VAT was increased from 11 percent to 15 percent and among the items exempted are petrol and diesel and aviation fuel as well as wheat, rice, milk powder, mobile phones and healthcare services and education.

However water, telephone charges and other key items have been included in the new VAT and this has resulted in strong opposition being raised against it. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Now they are after VAT and howling about fertilizer has subsided. Always pick a sensitive subject hoping to win the hearts of the general public. But the people in this country have only two parties to vote.

  2. Dear JVP you know very well that the blunders done by Rajapakshas to the economy of this country.You are well aware that Building airport and ports without planes and ships has deteriorated our economy to an un imaginable level.So taxation is necessary to pay back these loans.Your protest should have been against the perks and facilities given to the ruling class.Tax free vehicles and other perks.We appreciate your stand against the Rs300 ML car for PM while people of this country is starving for 1 square meal.Protest against for the stand of Judge Thilina Gamage and releasing him on bail by Gangodavila Magistrate. Why don’t you file a case against Namal Rajapaksha for passing the exam by using devious methods.

  3. What a bunch of two faced hypocrites! They got where they are because of this government, now they are trying their best to bring it down by opposing everything they do. Anyone who can remember the late 80’s won’t forget how they murdered their own people. All developed countries have taxes on everything. In SL many people get away with not paying their fair share of income tax. No one likes taxes but it’s a necessary evil. Our biggest problem on the roads is too many vehicles and hardly anyone who can drive properly. A licence can be bought. JVP, get a life. Let the elected Government try and lift this country out of the quagmire. How many oppositions do we have?


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