Protest over VAT in Ampara police deployed following claims of threats

A protest was staged in Ampara today by some traders over the 15 percent VAT increase.The police was deployed to the area following claims some traders were threatened to join the protest. Government officials in the area said that the protest was a failure as most traders did not support the protest.Similar protests were held in other parts of the country as well recently with traders closing their shops. (Colombo Gazette)