Curfew lifted in Sri Lanka
Published: 04:05 PM, 14 May 2022 Updated: 04:05 PM, 14 May 2022
Curfew lifted in Sri Lanka; Photo: Collected
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Sri Lanka’s five-time former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been serving as the country’s new prime minister amid violent protests over the economic crisis. He is scheduled to form a Cabinet after taking charge. Meanwhile, it was reported that the curfew in the country had been lifted by 12 pm on Saturday.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on Monday to protest the country’s economic collapse. When the government supporters started beating the protesters, anger spread everywhere. The riots started. The peaceful movement demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa eventually led to a dire situation. Despite the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the protesters continued protesting. People from all walks of life in Sri Lanka unleashed long-standing resentment through protests.
Nine people were killed in two days of violence in the country. About 300 people were injured in the incident. The government imposed a nationwide curfew to curb the situation. The Ministry of Defense even ordered the firing on the rioters as soon as they saw them. Earlier, a curfew was imposed in Colombo on several occasions to quell protests. Hundreds of people were also detained.
Although Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned in the face of the movement, her brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa is still in office.
After gaining independence from Britain in 1948, Sri Lanka is facing an extreme economic crisis. The main reason for this is the lack of foreign exchange. The inability to cope with the COVID pandemic created a more precarious situation in the country. As a result, the prices of all essential commodities including oil and gas go up. General people became enraged at this.
Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed Prime Minister on Thursday in the difficult situation of the country. The 73-year-old leader is expected to form a Cabinet before the start of the parliamentary session on Tuesday.