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Sri Lanka Crisis: Situation worsens in Sri Lanka, orders to shoot miscreants on sight, Mahinda Rajapaksa took refuge at Naval base, 10 big things

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Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday urged people to stop “violence and retaliation” against fellow citizens and vowed to address the political and economic crisis facing the nation. Earlier, the President’s elder brother and former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was sent to the naval base. After the successive attacks on his supporters, this step was taken in view of their safety.

At least eight people have lost their lives in the violence in the country so far. Around 250 people have also been injured in the violence in Colombo and other parts of the country. Curfew is in force across the island nation after a mob torched the ancestral home of the ruling Rajapaksa family amid growing anger over the worst-ever economic crisis. Although Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down as prime minister, anti-government protesters have not calmed down and are demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya.

Let us know 10 big things about Sri Lanka crisis-

1-President Rajapaksa, in his first reaction after the violence broke out, said, “I appeal to the people to remain calm and stop the violence, regardless of their political affiliations. All efforts will be made to restore political stability and to address the economic crisis through consensus within the constitutional mandate.” Homes of several former ministers and leaders were torched during the violence.

2- Hours later, the Ministry of Defense ordered the Army, Air Force and Navy personnel to shoot any rioter who loots public property or causes injury to common people. Amid violence in the country, China said on Tuesday that it is closely monitoring developments in Sri Lanka. China has invested heavily in the island nation and has asked its citizens working there to be vigilant and avoid risks.

Beijing has yet to comment on the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in view of the rapid developments in Sri Lanka, which paved the way for large-scale Chinese investments, including at the port of his hometown, Hambantota. China had leased the Hambantota port for 99 years in return for a loan.

On Monday, Mahinda Rajapaksa (76) resigned from his post amid the economic crisis in the country. 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. After the attack, violence broke out on a large scale against the pro-Rajapaksa leaders.

5-Mhinda left his official residence – Temple Trees – with his wife and family and took refuge at a naval base in the port city of Trincomalee on Sri Lanka’s northeast coast. Police fired tear gas shells on Monday night to control the crowd trying to enter the ‘Temple Trees’.

6- During the evacuation of Mahinda and his family from the official residence on Tuesday morning, the police had to fire tear gas shells and fired in the air as a warning to keep the crowd behind. Protests have started in front of Trincomalee naval base after reports of Mahinda Rajapaksa and some of his family members arriving there.

7- On Monday, protesters attacked Rajapaksa’s ancestral home in Hambantota, the homes of 14 former ministers, 18 MPs and leaders loyal to the Rajapaksa family. In the video footage, the residence of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is seen burning at Medamulana in Hambantota city.

8- Protesters also set fire to Mahinda Rajapakse’s residence in Kurunegala and the mob also destroyed the DA Rajapakse Memorial built in memory of Mahinda and Gotabaya’s father at Medamulana, Hambantota. Meanwhile, the number of people injured in the recent clashes has risen to 249, while eight people have died, according to hospital sources.

9-Sri Lankan Police said on Tuesday that a total of 47 vehicles were torched while 38 houses were torched. Apart from this, 41 vehicles and 65 houses were also vandalised. Anti-government protesters in Sri Lanka set up a checkpoint on the road leading to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo to prevent Rajapaksa family loyalists from fleeing the country.

10-Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abhayawardana asked President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to convene a session of the House at the earliest to discuss the current situation. Parliamentary officials said that the President will have to reconvene the Parliament session before the scheduled date of May 17 as there is no prime minister and government at present. Opposition parties are demanding the arrest of Mahinda Rajapaksa for inciting violence against peaceful anti-government protesters. Sources in the President’s Office said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to meet leaders of political parties represented in Parliament to form the government. Speaker Abhaywardana also said that he himself had informed about a meeting of party leaders to discuss the business of the House for reconvening the session.

Also read: Sri Lanka Crisis: Order to shoot at sight those who commit violence in Sri Lanka, India rejects reports of leaders taking refuge

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