Traders in Matara close shops and protest against VAT increase

Traders in Matara closed their shops today and staged a protest against the recent VAT increase.Day-to-day activities in Matara were affected with the closure of most shops in the Matara town. The owners of the shops took to the streets and staged a protest demanding that the increase on the VAT be reversed.Similar protests were staged in other parts of the country as well over the past few days. (Colombo Gazette)