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Sri Lanka torch flame protest at power price hike

Sri Lanka's main Marxist party took to the streets Monday carrying flaming torches in a novel protest against a 65 percent increase in electricity tariffs. Hundreds of activists from the JVP, or People's Liberation Front, staged the demonstration at the Colombo suburb of Maharagama to press the authorities to reconsider the second electricity increase in two years. "The increase is not because of higher generating costs, but because of huge corruption," JVP lawmaker Sunil Handunnetti told AFP. "We will keep up our night-time protests in other towns too."
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