As large-scale protests continue across the island nation, Sri Lankan tri forces have been told to shoot anyone who plunders public property or causes personal harm.
Over the last few days, nationwide protests against the government have become more violent, resulting in more conflicts with security forces deployed at protest sites.
“The Ministry of Defence has authorised the tri-forces to shoot on anyone plundering public property or harming others,” stated an army spokesman.
Protests have been reported across the country, with individuals setting fire to the homes of ministers and MPs.
According to local media, as large-scale protests continue across the island nation, Sri Lankan military forces have been instructed to shoot anyone who plunders public property or causes physical harm.
National anti-government protests have turned more violent in recent days, resulting in increased clashes with police personnel deployed at protest sites. Ministry of Defence has authorised the tri-forces to shoot on anyone looting public property or injuring others.
Individuals have set fire to the homes of ministers and MPs in protests reported across the country.
On Tuesday in Colombo, a group of protestors attacked a senior police officer in the Western Province.
According to police, the Senior DIG was attacked near Colombo’s Beira Lake. According to them, the mob also damaged the DIG’s vehicle.
The United States stated on Monday that it is closely following the dangerous situation in Sri Lanka after protestors set fire to ministers’ homes.
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US State Department (SCA) further stated, “The situation in Sri Lanka is being closely monitored. We are deeply concerned about the violence against peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders in Sri Lanka, and we urge all Sri Lankans to focus on finding and enabling long-term solutions to the country’s economic and political problems.”