Violence erupted in Sri Lanka on Monday following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. In this, ruling party MP Amarkirti Athukorala shot and killed a young man and then shot himself. Five people have died and more than 200 have been injured in the recent weeks of violence.
Curfew has been imposed across Sri Lanka till Wednesday, despite tensions looming large as the economic crisis is not taking its name. The country is in deep economic and political crisis. The opposition alleges that the country’s most powerful political family is responsible for this crisis. The image of the Rajapaksa family has been badly tarnished by the crisis in Sri Lanka. Apart from the PM, there is also a demand for the resignation of his brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Army deployed in Colombo
Curfew has been imposed across the country after the massive violence on Monday, emergency has already been imposed. The army has been deployed to control the violence in the capital Colombo.
Latest Situations at a Glance
- After the resignation of PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, the way has been cleared for the formation of an all-party interim government in the country. On Monday, Mahinda had appealed to the public to exercise restraint as soon as he stepped down.
- After the resignation of the PM, his supporters started clashing with the protesters. There was also a clash with people who had been protesting for several weeks in Colombo. Five people, including ruling party SLP MP Amarkirti, were killed in the violence. More than 200 people were injured in the conflict.
- The Rajapaksa family’s ancestral house was set on fire in Hambantota. Protesters also tried to storm the PM’s residence near Temple Trees in Colombo.
- Even the basic needs of the people in Sri Lanka are not being met. From milk to fuel is not available. The situation is worse due to acute shortage of food grains and power cuts.
- America has said that we are keeping a close watch on the situation in Sri Lanka. Violence against peaceful protesters and innocent people is worrying.
- President Rajapaksa issued a statement inviting all parties in parliament to join a national government.
- Sri Lanka has billions of dollars in debt. There is a lot of inflation. People’s life is comfortable.
- Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa said that we are capable of defending ourselves against government-sponsored violence, but we must not forget that we are capable of mercy as well. The generations to come are watching the way we choose to express our outrage. Non-violence is the best.