Sri Lanka Crisis: Large-scale protests are taking place in Sri Lanka amid 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.
Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Prime Minister on Monday. Just before this, his supporters had attacked anti-government protesters. After this attack, widespread violence started against pro-Rajapaksa leaders across the country. At least eight people have died in the clashes while more than 250 people have been injured. At the same time, properties of many leaders of the ruling party were also set on fire. Curfew has been implemented across the country.
The house of Mahinda, who was the Prime Minister of the country three times, was set on fire on Monday. He was taken to a naval base after at least eight people were killed in attacks on his supporters. People started protesting there as soon as the news of Mahinda being at Trincomalee Naval Base spread.
Sri Lanka’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday ordered army, air force and navy personnel to shoot at anyone who loots public property or causes damage to others. Army special forces have also been deployed to ensure security in Colombo and the suburbs, News First newspaper reported.
Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne on Tuesday urged protesters to remain calm and not indulge in violence. He warned that if there is looting and damage to properties, then the Defense Ministry will take strict action against those involved in such acts.
Sri Lanka has been facing severe economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. There has been a severe shortage of foreign exchange in the country, due to which it is unable to pay for the import of food items and fuel. Due to this, thousands of people have been demonstrating on the streets of Sri Lanka since April 9.
Video: ‘Is this the future of Europe’ – Twitter users asked the question after watching the dance in the European Parliament