Protests In Sri Lanka: Massive protests are taking place in many cities of Sri Lanka amid economic crises. Protests also started in front of Trincomalee naval base today. In fact, there have been reports of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and some of his family members being present at the Trincomalee naval base after they left the official residence ‘Temple Trees’ in Colombo. Because of this people have started protesting here.
Violence erupted in Sri Lanka on Monday after supporters of Rajapaksa attacked anti-government protesters. At least eight people have died and more than 200 have been injured in violence in Colombo and other cities. Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his post on Monday.
Hours before the development, army personnel were deployed in the capital Colombo and a nationwide curfew was imposed after supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked protesters outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office.
Trincomalee is a port city located on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka. Houses of several politicians, including Rajapaksa’s ancestral residence in Hambantota, were torched on Monday.
Significantly, Sri Lanka is going through the most severe economic crisis ever since its independence from Britain in 1948. The crisis arose mainly because of the shortage of foreign exchange which means that the country is unable to pay for the imports of staple food items and fuels.
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