A curfew has been imposed in Colombo to prevent protests

A curfew has been imposed in Colombo to prevent protests

Rising prices of daily necessities, including fuel, have left Sri Lankans stranded in the worst post-independence economic crisis. Protests are going on in the country against the government for failing to resolve the crisis. A curfew has been imposed in the island’s capital, Colombo, to quell protests. News from NDTV.

Sri Lankan police chief Chandana Vikramaratne said the government had imposed a curfew in and around Colombo from 3:30 pm local time on Friday. The curfew will continue until further notice. Ordinary people have been instructed to stay at home during the curfew.

Colombo was rocked by anti-government protests yesterday. Thousands of students protested against the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and called for a quick recession. There are going to be big protests on Saturday as well. Protesters marched on the presidential palace. So the Sri Lankan government has already imposed a curfew in Colombo to avoid any untoward situation.

Police have strengthened security in various government offices and important establishments of Colombo, including the presidential building. Armed police and soldiers are patrolling. About 20,000 troops and police were deployed on Friday afternoon to provide security, AFP quoted sources as saying. The country’s government hopes Saturday’s protests will not turn violent.

Sri Lanka, once a high-middle-income country, fell into economic crisis in March this year. It is the country’s biggest economic crisis since independence in 1947. Due to the foreign exchange reserves, the government is unable to import daily necessities like food, medicine and fuel.

The crisis has led to political unrest in Sri Lanka. At one point, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s brother Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister. Ranil Wickremesinghe took over as the country’s prime minister in May.

In May, food inflation in Sri Lanka stood at 56.4 percent. There has been a crisis of essential food items. Cooking, transportation, industries are in a massive energy crisis. Ongoing power outage.

The economic crisis is affecting food security, agriculture, livelihoods and healthcare. The last harvest season produced 40-50 percent of the food, which is less than the previous year. The current crop season is also at risk due to shortage of seeds, fertilizers, fuel and credit.

Sri Lanka’s current government says it needs crore 500 million this year. They seek this assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the international community. The country has sought Russia’s help in dealing with energy demand.

Rosa Bates

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