Sri Lanka Crisis: Sri Lankan police said on Wednesday they had received orders to prevent looting, damage to public property and to shoot if life was threatened. Earlier on Tuesday, similar orders were issued to the armed forces of Sri Lanka.
Let us tell you that Sri Lanka has been shaken by the violence in which at least nine people have been killed and more than 200 have been injured. Sri Lankan authorities on Wednesday deployed troops and military vehicles on the roads to ensure security in the capital amid nationwide protests over the government’s “failure” to deal with the economic crisis. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has been taken to a naval base in Trincomalee where he is under security cover. Defense Ministry Secretary Kamal Gunaratne confirmed this on Wednesday.
President appeals to the public to end violence
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday urged the public to end the violence. He said that Sri Lankan citizens must unite to overcome economic, social and political challenges.
Violence erupts after PM Rajapaksa’s resignation
Mahinda Rajapaksa (76) resigned as Prime Minister on Monday. Hours after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters, authorities imposed a nationwide curfew and deployed army personnel in the capital. After this attack, widespread violence started against the pro-Rajapaksa leaders.
Sri Lanka has been facing a severe economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948.
Sri Lanka Crisis: Protests continue in Sri Lanka, former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa under tight security at naval base
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