1 dead as Sri Lanka police fire at anti-government protesters

1 dead as Sri Lanka police fire at anti-government protesters

International Deskdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 22:05 19 April 2022   Updated: 22:06 19 April 2022

1 dead as Sri Lanka police fire at anti-government protesters

1 dead as Sri Lanka police fire at anti-government protesters

The police in Sri Lanka for the first time since anti-government protests over an economic crisis started fired at protesters today, killing one and injuring several people. A police spokesperson confirmed they had to fire at the protesters after the mobs turned violent and threw stones at them.

The people had blocked a highway in central Sri Lanka's Rambukkana, 95 km from capital Colombo, to protest acute oil shortages and high prices.

A severe fuel shortage sparked spontaneous protests across Sri Lanka earlier today, with tens of thousands of angry motorists burning tyres and blocking the major road leading into the capital.

A police spokesperson said curfew has been imposed in Rambukkana police division.

Sri Lanka has run out of dollars to finance vital imports including food, medicine and fuel, sparking weeks of protests calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the country's worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.

The highway where the protest took place connects the central city of Kandy to capital Colombo. It was cut off at multiple stretches as fuel stations across Sri Lanka ran out of petrol and diesel.

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung raised concern over the worsening situation in the island nation. "I am deeply saddened by the horrible news coming out of Rambukkana. I condemn any violence - whether against protesters or police - and call for restraint & calm from all sides. A full, transparent investigation is essential & the people's right to peaceful protest must be upheld," she tweeted.- NDTV.

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