How Sri Lanka Got Entangled In Economic And Political Crisis, Know What Happened When

Sri Lanka Crisis: Sri Lanka is caught in a deep...

Sri Lanka Crisis: Sri Lanka is caught in a deep political and economic crisis and the country’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa escaped from the country on Wednesday, after which the protests in the country intensified. Meanwhile, emergency has been declared in the country and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has become the caretaker President. Know how and when all this crisis started: –

1 April – State of Emergency
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a temporary state of emergency, giving security forces broad powers to arrest and detain suspects following protests.

3 April – Cabinet resigns
Almost the entire Sri Lankan cabinet resigned in a late-night meeting, leaving Rajapaksa and his brother Mahinda (prime minister) in isolation. A day later, the governor of the central bank announced his resignation.

April 5 – President’s troubles increase
President Rajapaksa’s troubles deepened as Finance Minister Ali Sabri resigned a day after his appointment. Former allies urged him to step down. After this he lifted the state of emergency.

April 10 – Drug shortage:
Sri Lankan doctors said life-saving drugs were almost out, warning that the crisis could kill more people than the coronavirus.

19 April – First death
One protester died in police action during several weeks of protests.

May 9 – Day of Violence:
Violent clashes between supporters of the government and protesters. 9 people died. The mob targeted those responsible for the violence and set the houses of the MPs on fire. Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from the post of Prime Minister. Thousands of protesters barged into his residence in Colombo after which he was rescued by soldiers. Ranil Wickremesinghe later became the new PM in place of Mahinda.

May 10 – Orders to shoot:
The Defense Ministry ordered soldiers to shoot at sight anyone involved in looting or “injury to life”. Meanwhile, the protesters refused to accept the new government curfew, the curfew was lifted at the end of the week. In Colombo, a top police officer was assaulted and his vehicle was set on fire.

June 10 – ,humanitarian emergency,
The United Nations warned that Sri Lanka was facing a serious humanitarian crisis, with millions of people already in need of aid. The United Nations says that more than three-quarters of the population has reduced their food intake due to severe food shortages in the country.

June 27 – Sale of fuel stopped
The government said that Sri Lanka has almost run out of fuel and the sale of petrol is banned except for essential services.

9 July
Thousands of protesters stormed the presidential residence. However, Rajapaksa had left earlier. The protesters also set fire to the PM’s house. President Rajapaksa announced his resignation on 13 July.

July 13 – President flees the country
Protests intensified in Colombo after President Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka to the Maldives with his wife and two bodyguards. Protesters entered PM House. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared a state of emergency in the country. He was also appointed acting President.

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