Sri Lankan Protesters Take to the Streets as Fuel Prices Rise

Protests erupted across Sri Lanka on April 19 after a sudden increase in fuel prices amid am ongoing economic crisis.

Footage recorded by Senal Miranga Peiris shows protesters on Kegalle – Rambukkana Road in Rambukkana on Monday. Two red Ceylon Petroleum Company (CEYPETCO) trucks can be seen trapped amongst the crowd.

Local media reported that CEYPETCO, Sri Lanka’s largest, government-owned oil company, had raised prices from midnight on Monday citing income losses as the value of the rupee fell.

On Monday, Sri Lanka said it had requested emergency help from the International Monetary Fund as bailout talks got under way. Credit: Senal Miranga Peiris via Storyful

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