A Ukrainian woman tourist, spending a holiday in Sri Lanka, had been asked to languish in a long queue to get two litres of petrol. Even now, she is in a three-kilometre-long line at Kaluuwella Galle.
Initially, the woman tourist was in for a rude shock over the manner the unruly Police officer attached to the Galle Police treated her. They maintained that no preferential treatment is possible for foreigners.
She is a Danish-Ukrainian citizen and currently serves as a director of a Russian-Ukrainian company.
She is Tonnia Moller. She works as the director in charge of the Russian and European regions of MTI, a Russian-based organization.
She went to get fuel yesterday and today and said that the security forces asked foreigners to queue up as they could not be given any preference.
She says she is waiting in a line three kilometres long to get two litres of petrol, and in between, there was a power outage for two hours.
We at Lankasara were able to contact Tonya on the phone. She said she was weary and tired of being at the Kaluwella fuel station.
“She had come to stay in Sri Lanka for a month.
“I’m surprised by the way they treated me. People objected to giving me two litres of fuel…they surrounded me in protest. I was not eligible to get fuel because I was a foreigner. The soldiers who were there kicked me out…”
“We did not come to Sri Lanka to go through this kind of bad experience. We came to help Sri Lanka. It is how this country treats foreign visitors.
It was 10.45 in the morning when I joined the queue at the petrol station in Kaluwella. It is now 1.45. 03 hours in the long line.
The social media maintained a deafening silence,