State of emergency declared in Sri Lanka
Published: 10:20 AM, 2 April 2022
Protests in Sri Lanka; Photo: Collected
A state of emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka to stem the rising tide of protests. On Friday, the day after the curfew was imposed, the country's president, Gotabay Rajapaksa, declared a state of emergency. As a result, the country's security forces are free to detain suspects.
According to a BBC report, Sri Lanka has been in dire straits for several months in terms of food, money, oil and electricity. This situation is gradually deteriorating. Protests have been going on since last month. Meanwhile, people erupted outside the residence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday night in a fit of rage. Gradually the protest procession became bigger. It spreads to the north, south, and central parts of the capital, including Nugegoda, Mount Lavania, and the surrounding areas. At first the peaceful movement continued but violence spread at night. There were even fires outside the president's residence.
Police and army vehicles were also set on fire. Police arrested several people including journalists to control the protests. Violence erupted during the protests, and police fired tear gas at protesters. Later the administration was forced to impose curfew. However, the police lifted the ban on Friday morning. Security forces arrested at least 54 people that day.
According to the report, the video of the protest has spread on social media. Protesters chanted slogans demanding the resignation of President Rajapaksa, calling him insane in front of the palace. They claim that the famine was caused by the corruption of Rajapaksa and his family. For this, the members of his family who are holding various positions, will have to resign. The president called the incident "the work of extremists."
The report further states that Sri Lanka has no electricity, no fuel. Houses are running out of food. Baby food is already finished. The stores, banks are empty. Price of available products skyrocketing. Protests and tensions are spreading. Violence is on the rise since the last few days. This is the current situation in Sri Lanka, known as the 'Jewel of the Crown'.
According to the BBC, there is no electricity in Sri Lanka for 13 to 18 hours now. But the president and his ministers are getting uninterrupted power. Their family members are also wealthy, which has added to the anger among the people.