The Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday after state of emergency declared amid massive protests over worst economic crisis.
A curfew has been imposed across Sri Lanka after supporters of the country’s ruling party stormed a major protest site in Colombo, attacking anti-government demonstrators and clashing with police who used tear gas and water cannon to drive them back.
I request all citizens to remain calm and exercise restraint,” he added. On Thursday, Sri Lanka Police fired tear gas on the protesters on Thursday in order to disperse the protest staged by University students carrying placards and shouting slogans, “Let’s oust the government! Let’s reverse the system!” outside the parliament, as per local media reports.
While emotions are running high in #lka, I urge our general public to exercise restraint & remember that violence only begets violence. The economic crisis we're in needs an economic solution which this administration is committed to resolving.
— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) May 9, 2022
Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan president urged everyone to work together to solve this crisis. The crisis-hit Sri Lanka on Friday declared a state of emergency after a crippling strike and protest over the external debt for the second time in five weeks.
In addition to deteriorating law and order in the country, Sri Lanka is witnessing at least 10-hour daily power cuts. Sri Lanka’s currency has been also devalued greatly against the US dollar.