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    Protests erupt across Sri Lanka against IMF-dictated tax hikes

    Tens of thousands of Sri Lankan workers have taken strike action and protested in recent weeks over increased taxes, slashed allowances, higher bank loan interest rates and other social attacks by the Wickremesinghe government in line with International Monetary Fund (IMF) demands.

    Doctors and health employees demonstrate against tax increases outside Kandy hospital on 20 January 2023. [Photo: WSWS]

    * On January 20, thousands of Sri Lankan professionals—doctors, engineers, tax officers, university teachers and banking employees—protested outside the finance ministry office in central Colombo against new tax policies, effective this month. Doctors also demonstrated that day in several other parts of the country.

    * On January 23, around 5,000 port employees protested outside Colombo harbour’s main entrance, demanding withdrawal of tax hikes and relief from the escalating cost of…

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