Police And Army Clash At Protest In Sri Lanka
As anti-government demonstrations intensified in the country, Sri Lankan Army Chief called for an inquiry as police stopped soldiers of special forces at protests in Colombo.
10 Developments In Sri Lanka
- Army Chief Shavendra Silva called for an inquiry after police stopped a group of masked soldiers with assault rifles at protests near parliament, where children, women, and the elderly were protesting.
- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revoked the state of emergency he declared on 1 April with immediate effect amid protests against the nation’s worst economic crisis.
- 41 lawmakers walked out of the ruling alliance bringing the government to a minority and former allies demanding Rajapaksa’s resignation.
- Opposition parties have rebuffed Preside Rajapaksa’s call to join the government. But there are no signs of the opposition toppling the minority government.
- Finance Minister Ali Sabry stepped down ahead of a crucial meeting with International Monetary Fund for a loan program.
- The UN Human Right Council is closely watching the developments in Sri Lanka which is already under international censure for its deteriorating human rights record.
- Sri Lanka temporarily shut its embassies in Norway and Iraq and the Consulate General in Sydney.
- The International Monetary Fund is closely monitoring the political and economic developments of Sri Lanka as the public unrest in the island country grows against the worst economic crisis.
- Mass agitations are at a fever pitch in Sri Lanka after the foreign exchange crisis and balance of payment issues culminated into an unprecedented economic crisis. People attempted to storm the homes of government officials to protest against the failed policies of the ruling Rajapaksa family.
- Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since its independence from the British empire in 1948. The country is facing a severe shortage of essential items including food, and fuel.