Sri Lanka Crisis: The situation in Sri Lanka seems to be deteriorating very much, in the meantime, a big decision has been taken by the Ministry of Defense to stop the agitating protesters. It has been told that an order has been given to shoot at sight i.e. shoot at sight against those who commit violence. This important decision has been taken in the midst of bloody conflicts taking place in different cities of the country.

Violence on the rise
Demonstrations against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa were going on in Sri Lanka for the last several weeks. Meanwhile, violence started spreading in the country. In this violence, about 7 people including an MP died and more than hundreds were injured. After which Rajapaksa announced that he was resigning. But despite this the violence did not stop, rather it flared up even more. Protesters started targeting Rajapaksa’s house and his supporters. Rajapaksa’s ancestral house was set on fire. Since then this cycle of continuous arson and violence continues. Now the house of former minister Johnston Fernando has also been set on fire by the protesters.

Mahinda Rajapakse took refuge with family
Anti-government protesters in Sri Lanka on Tuesday built a checkpoint on the road leading to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo to prevent Rajapaksa family loyalists from fleeing the country. BIA in Colombo is locally known as Katunayake Airport. After this, Mahinda left his official residence – Temple Trees – with his wife and family and took refuge at the naval base in the port city of Trincomalee on Sri Lanka’s northeast coast.

Police fired bullets in the air
Police fired tear gas shells on Monday night to control the crowd trying to enter the ‘Temple Trees’. Police had to use tear gas shells and fired in the air as a warning to keep the crowd behind as Mahinda and his family were evacuated from the official residence on Tuesday morning. Protests broke out in front of the Trincomalee naval base after reports of Mahinda Rajapaksa and some of his family members arriving. On Monday, protesters attacked Rajapaksa’s ancestral home in Hambantota, the homes of 14 former ministers, 18 MPs and leaders loyal to the Rajapaksa family. Meanwhile, the number of people injured in the recent clashes has risen to 249, while 7 people have died, according to hospital sources.

Sri Lanka Crisis: Protest erupts in Sri Lanka, former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family had to take refuge in a naval base

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