In the wake of protests, Sri Lanka imposes a nine-hour national curfew
16 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar
Protests have erupted in the island nation over the country's ongoing economic crisis, which is said to be the worst in decades.
The Sri Lankan government imposed a nine-hour curfew on Monday in response to the island nation’s ongoing unrest. According to local media sources, the curfew will begin at 8 p.m. Monday and last until 5 a.m. Tuesday.
The announcement comes a day after Sri Lanka announced that more than 200 persons had been arrested on different offences, including curfew violations, public attacks, and property destruction.
Protests have erupted in the island nation over the country’s ongoing economic crisis, which is said to be the worst in decades. With peace and order failing as a result of weeks of protests, Sri Lankan officials are claimed to be attempting to regain control of the situation.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated that he will provide a complete explanation of the island nation’s financial situation.
“There is plenty to be done as well as undone. We are prioritising issues, and you can be confident that they will be resolved as soon as possible “On Sunday, he declared in a series of tweets.
The problem sparked widespread protests against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his family, culminating in his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation as prime minister last week, when clashes between government supporters and demonstrators killed nine people and injured 300 more.
In a last-ditch effort, the president installed Wickremesinghe, an opposition lawmaker who had previously served as Prime Minister five times.
The demonstrators, on the other hand, have stated that they will continue their campaign until the president is ousted. They’ve also called Wickremesinghe a puppet and chastised his appointment of four cabinet ministers, all of whom are members of the Rajapaksa brothers’ political party.