A pro-Sinhalese group launched a campaign against US products, requesting the public to avoid purchasing them. They have made the request from the public at a protest held on March 23 in front of the Fort railway station. The demonstration was held as mark of protest against the adopted US backed resolution against Sri Lanka in Geneva.
A group calling itself the Mavubima Surakimu (Protect the Nation) continued a street campaign yesterday calling on consumers to refrain from using US products including wheat flour. They say that all US products should be avoided as the US has moved against Sri Lanka.
Pasting stickers containing the slogan Boycott US products for the motherland on passing vehicles, the protesters also requested the youth to boycott American products such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Dr Gunadasa Amarasekara who is among those spearheading the campaign said they would carry out a house-to-house campaign on the issue.
The Government dissociated itself from the campaign launched to boycott the use of US products in Sri Lanka. Acting Media Minister and government spokesman Lakshman Yapa said the government did not encourage the campaign which had been launched against US products.
“This is not the government policy and we are not involved in the campaign which is on”, he said.A spokesman for the US embassy in Colombo responding to the campaign to boycott American products said, “The US is pleased that the next round of the US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks will open in Colombo this week. This is an indication that both the US and the government of Sri Lanka understand that the important bilateral trade relationship must continue to grow for the benefit of consumers and businesses in both countries’.