fredag 1. april 2022

Sri Lanka: Protest at president Rajapaksa's home turns violent

Sri Lankan police imposed curfew and fired tear gas after a demonstration outside the president's house to protest dire food, fuel and power shortages turned violent. Agitated protesters stormed through barricades, and were accused of setting fire to a bus on Thursday night. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa blamed the events on "extremist elements". Sri Lanka is in the midst of a foreign exchange crisis that has crippled its economy. Faced with 13-hour power cuts, a lack of fuel, essential food items and medicines, public anger has reached a new high.