Curfew in Sri Lanka extended till Wednesday morning

Story by  ATV | Posted by  sabir hussain • 1 Years ago
Sri Lankan police on a Colombo street.
Sri Lankan police on a Colombo street.



Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday extended the national curfew until Wednesday morning amid ongoing protests over economic and political crises.

"I instruct everybody not to use any public roads, railways, public parks, public recreation areas or other public territories or the seashore from 19:00 on May 9 to 07:00 on May 11," Sputnik quoted the presidential decree.

The developments come as nationwide protests against the government have intensified over the past few days resulting in an increase in clashes.

Clashes in Colombo on Monday left seven people dead and 231 injured, Sputnik reported.

Earlier, Mahinda Rajapaksa's residence in the city of Kurunegala in the country’s northwest was set on fire, hours after he resigned as Prime Minister.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices, and power cuts resulting in massive protests over the government's handling of the situation.

The recession is attributed to foreign exchange shortages caused by a fall in tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as reckless economic policies, like the government's move last year to ban chemical fertilizers in a bid to make Sri Lanka's agriculture "100 per cent organic".

Due to an acute shortage of foreign exchange, Sri Lanka recently defaulted on the entirety of its foreign debt amounting to about $51 billion.