Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Thursday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has announced a three-day deployment of troops in the town of Rambukkana, citing security concerns. News AFP.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Tuesday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. One person was killed in the police firing. Another 30 protesters and 11 members of the police were injured in the incident. This is the first death in the ongoing anti-government protests in the country.
The Sri Lankan Information Ministry issued a statement today regarding the deployment of troops. It said the president had ordered the deployment of troops to ensure that no untoward incidents took place during or after the funeral. The army will assist the police in maintaining order.
Earlier, a 95-kilometer curfew was imposed in and around the city on Wednesday following clashes in Rambukkana on Tuesday. However, the curfew was lifted later today. However, the city’s road arranged police members were found to patrol. A judicial investigation has been launched into Tuesday’s shooting.
Anti-government protests continue in Sri Lanka amid severe financial crisis. Crisis of essential commodities like food, electricity and fuel has appeared across the country. Public life has become frustrated. In the meantime, the announcement of petrol price hike has come again.
The people of Sri Lanka are blaming the government of Sri Lanka for the financial crisis. The protesters demanded the resignation of President Rajapaksa. The movement has been going on outside the president’s office in the capital, Colombo, since April 9.