5 killed, 200 injured, leaders’ homes burnt in Sri Lankan violence

Colombo : At least five people, including a parliamentarian, were killed in the violence in Sri Lanka, while more than 200 people were injured. Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and other leaders are being set on fire. On Monday night, anti-government protesters surrounded Temple Trees, the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo, and tried to enter. Later […]
 


5 killed, 200 injured, leaders’ homes burnt in Sri Lankan violence
Colombo : At least five people, including a parliamentarian, were killed in the violence in Sri Lanka, while more than 200 people were injured. Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and other leaders are being set on fire.

On Monday night, anti-government protesters surrounded Temple Trees, the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo, and tried to enter. Later they torched the vehicles parked outside the house.

Additional military personnel were called in to protect Mahinda Rajapaksa, and police fired tear gas and water cannons at the agitating protesters. At midnight, the army had to open fire in the air to disperse the violent mob.

An island-wide curfew has been extended until Wednesday morning as authorities try to control the violence.

Earlier on Monday, months of peaceful protest against rising cost of living, shortage of essential commodities including food, fuel, medicine, cooking gas turned violent when Mahinda Rajapaksa called his supporters from the outskirts to Colombo. , who attacked two nearby peaceful protest sites. His home, as well as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence in Galle Face Green.

Pro-government protesters attacked anti-government protesters with sticks and stones, injuring more than 200 people. They also torched tents occupied by anti-government protesters.

The police hardly took any steps to stop the violence.

Angered by attacks on peaceful protest sites, violence quickly spread to the beleaguered island nation.

The bodyguard of ruling party MP Amarakirthi Athukorla opened fire on protesters in Nittambuwa town on the outskirts of Colombo, injuring three people. But the protesters attacked the MP and the bodyguard.

Later, the bodies of Athukorla and his bodyguard were found in a building.

The US and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Sri Lanka to end the political crisis quickly and find a solution through dialogue.

Even after the resignation of the prime minister and several other cabinet ministers, the island nation continues to face a political stalemate in the wake of its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948.

The president has urged the opposition to form an all-party government, but later refused to do so until Gotabaya Rajapaksa stepped down.

Trade unions began an indefinite nationwide strike on Monday demanding the resignation of the President.