The situation in Sri Lanka, which is facing economic crisis, is getting worse. An MP has lost his life in violent clashes after the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Curfew has been imposed across the country to control the situation in Sri Lanka, which has been facing economic crisis for a long time. Amidst the deteriorating situation in the country, Mahinda Rajapaksa was facing opposition in the party. Due to protests across the country, Mahinda Rajapaksa finally had to resign from his post on Monday.
Anti-government protests continue
Months of blackouts, food shortages, acute shortages of fuel and medicines have put Sri Lanka in the midst of anti-government protests. Rajapaksa loyalists attacked unarmed protesters armed with sticks and clubs. These protesters had been camping outside the office of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa since April 9. Police sprayed tear gas and water on government supporters. Earlier, Mahinda Rajapaksa had said, 'Our common people should exercise restraint and remember that violence only breeds violence. We need an economic solution in the economic crisis, which this administration is committed to solve.
Emergency imposed on Friday
In the wake of protests and violence, the government imposed a state of emergency in the country, giving extensive powers to the military to arrest and detain people. The Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that the anti-government protesters were behaving in a provocative and threatening manner and disrupting essential services. The unions had said they would hold daily protests from Monday to pressure the government to revoke the emergency.
The protesters want the entire Rajapaksa family to leave politics and return the country's alleged stolen property. In this sequence, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the powerful of the Rajapaksa family, had to face public anger in Anuradhapur on Sunday. He was teased and shouted by the angry public who took to the streets demanding an end to fuel, cooking gas and power cuts.
Background of sri lankan economic crisis
Sri Lanka's crisis began when the coronavirus pandemic hit the country's significant income from tourism. Due to which the debt on Sri Lanka kept increasing. In this situation the government was forced to impose restrictions on the import of many items. As a result, the country is facing inflation and a prolonged blackout.