Defense Ministry decided to shoot Sri Lankan terrorists during the bloody conflict
Colombo : Faced with a dire economic crisis, Sri Lanka’s Defense Ministry has ordered army, air and navy personnel to shoot down any rioters who loot public property or injure civilians. The order came after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on people to stop violence and retaliation. Nationwide protests against the Sri Lankan government have intensified in recent days, leading to clashes with security forces stationed at protest sites.
An army spokesman said the defense ministry has ordered the three forces to open fire on anyone who loots public property or causes damage to others. The protest has been recognized in the country, which has set the houses of ministers and MPs on fire.
Anti-government protesters also torched the official residences of Sri Lanka’s Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando and MPs Sanath Nishant, Ramesh Pathirana, Mahipal Herath, Thisa Kutiarachi and Nimal Lanja. MPs from Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna were attacked in the streets by a large number of protesters.
According to the Daily Mirror, some offices of the Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) were also torched. Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and some members of his family have been shifted to Trincomalee Naval Base a day after they resigned following violent protests that led to a nationwide curfew.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned as Prime Minister, and some of his family members took refuge at the Trincomalee Naval Base after leaving their official residence in Colombo. Following the news of a demonstration in front of the Naval Base on Tuesday, the protesters demanded the removal of Mahinda from the premises.