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Sri Lanka crisis Live Updates: Protests continue despite curfew

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948.

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk Colombo Updated on: May 10, 2022 21:40 IST
A Sri Lankan man reacts to tear gas as he walks past the
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A Sri Lankan man reacts to tear gas as he walks past the vandalized site of anti-government protests outside President's office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 9, 2022. 

Sri Lanka News, Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: Defying a nationwide curfew in Sri Lanka, several hundred protesters continued to chant slogans against the government on Tuesday, a day after violent clashes left four dead and prompted the resignation of the prime minister, who is blamed along with his brother, the president, for leading the country into its worst economic crisis in decades. Protesters swarmed the entrance to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office in the capital, Colombo, for the 32nd day to demand that he follow in his brother’s footsteps and quit. Thousands of protesters have crowded the area outside Rajapaksa’s office for weeks, but the number dropped to hundreds on Tuesday due to a 36-hour curfew imposed after the clashes a day earlier.

 

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  • 7:29 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Sri Lanka's Speaker asks President to reconvene Parliament this week

    Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker on Tuesday requested embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to reconvene the House this week to discuss the current situation amid unprecedented violence and widespread protest against the government over the country' worst economic crisis in decades.

  • 6:59 PM (IST) Posted by Nivedita Dash

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  • 6:44 PM (IST) Posted by Nivedita Dash

    Rajapaksa urges people to stop "violence and acts of revenge" against fellow citizens

    Embattled Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urged people to stop "violence and acts of revenge" against fellow citizens and vowed to address the political and economic crisis facing the nation, even as the death toll rose to eight in the unprecedented violence that erupted after supporters of former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked anti-government protesters

  • 6:36 PM (IST) Posted by Nivedita Dash

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    Protesters set up checkpoint on road leading to airport

  • 1:45 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Rajapaksa, family take shelter in naval base: Reports

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  • 1:25 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Attorney General tells police to investigate into violence in country

    Sri Lanka's Attorney General on Tuesday asked the police chief to conduct an urgent and full-fledged investigation into the violent clashes between anti- and pro-government protesters in the country that has killed at least eight people and injured over 200 others. Violence erupted in Sri Lanka on Monday after supporters of former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked peaceful anti-government protesters demanding his ouster over the country's worst economic crisis that led to acute shortages of staple food, fuel and power. Over 200 people have also been injured in the violence in Colombo and other cities.

  • 10:01 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Colombo Stock Exchange declares Tuesday as market holiday

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  • 9:53 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Violence against peaceful protestors unacceptable: UK

    Tweeting about the deteriorating economic situation in Sri Lanka, the UK embassy in Sri Lanka asked its citizens to avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings. The advisory said the UK's citizens in Sri Lanka should avoid all protests and follow the advice of local authorities. Sarah Hulton, the UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protestors. Urging the authorities to safeguard citizens’ rights to protest peacefully, Hulton asked the government to "hold the perpetrators of violence to account". "Violence against peaceful protestors in Sri Lanka is unacceptable. Those responsible for attacks should be held to account," she tweeted.

  • 8:37 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    US envoy calls on govt to conduct full investigation

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  • 8:20 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Sri Lanka: Govt MP found dead amid violent protests

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  • 8:16 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Guterres calls for dialogue to solve Sri Lanka crisis

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants Sri Lankans to find a solution through dialogue to the crisis in their country, whose Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned amid violent clashes spurred by an economic crisis, his Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Monday. "We continue to encourage all Sri Lankan stakeholders to find a solution to the current challenges through dialogue and with the interests of the country and the people in mind," Haq said.

  • 8:15 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Sri Lankan Airlines asks passengers to produce tickets, passports to reach airport

    Sri Lankan Airlines on Monday urged passengers to produce their air ticket and passport at checkpoints to reach Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) after authorities imposed nationwide curfew and deployed the Army in Colombo following clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters amidst the political turmoil in the island nation. "In view of the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, passengers departing Colombo can produce their air ticket and passport to the security personnel at checkpoints to reach BIA," SriLankan Airlines, the country's flag carrier, tweeted, assuring travellers, especially foreigners who visit the picturesque island nation.

  • 8:14 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Sri Lanka economic crisis

    Sri Lanka is currently in the throes of unprecedented economic turmoil since its independence from Britain in 1948. The crisis is caused in part by a lack of foreign currency, which has meant that the country cannot afford to pay for imports of staple foods and fuel, leading to acute shortages and very high prices. Thousands of demonstrators have hit the streets across Sri Lanka since April 9 seeking the resignation of President Gotabaya and Prime Minister Mahinda, as the government ran out of money for vital imports; prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed and there are acute shortages in fuel, medicines and electricity supply.

  • 8:13 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday, hours after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters outside embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's office, leaving at least 78 people injured and prompting authorities to impose a nationwide curfew and deploy army troops in the capital. At least two Cabinet ministers have also announced their resignations. Prime Minister Mahinda, 76, sent his resignation letter to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa after violent scenes were witnessed in Colombo.

  • 8:12 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Ruling party MP among 3 killed in Colombo

    Three people were killed, including a ruling party MP, and more than 150 injured in violence in the capital. There have been protests over soaring prices and power cuts since last month. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948.

  • 8:12 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Houses of several MPs set on fire

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  • 8:11 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Properties of ministers, MPs destroyed by protesters

    Several properties of ministers and lawmakers of the ruling coalition were destroyed by the protesters. Sri Lankan media also reported that a fire has broke out near the back gate of Temple Trees, the official residence of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister.

  • 8:03 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Armed troops deployed in Colombo

    Authorities deployed armed troops in the capital Colombo on Monday hours after government supporters attacked protesters who have been camped outside the offices of the country's president and prime minister.