Sri Lanka Crisis: Angry mob sets fire to ministers’ houses in Sri Lanka, America is closely monitoring the situation
Colombo Due to the economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka, everything has come to a standstill. The nationwide protest against the government has now reached its peak. Protesters took to the streets across the country after Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his post on Monday. Hours after the prime minister’s resignation, an angry mob torched the Rajapaksa family’s ancestral home in Medamulana, Hambantota. Not only this, uncontrolled protesters set fire to the homes of many leaders, to which America has reacted. The United States on Monday said it was closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka as protesters set fire to ministers’ homes.
Demonstrators out of control due to economic crisis
Sri Lanka is going through a difficult phase at the moment. The situation in the country is going from bad to worse. Shortage of food and fuel, power cuts and rising prices have affected a large number of citizens. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence, with large numbers of people taking to the streets to protest against the government. The protests escalated so much that on Monday, unruly mobs entered the homes of several ministers.
The US said in a statement:
Following the worsening situation in Sri Lanka, the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs tweeted: “The situation in Sri Lanka is being closely monitored. We are deeply concerned about the violence against peaceful protesters and innocent people and urge all Sri Lankans to focus on empowering and finding long-term solutions to the country’s economic and political challenges.”
Protesters stormed the homes of leaders
Several leaders, including Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MPs Bandula Gunawardene, Prasanna Ranatunga, Channa Jaisumana, Kokila Gumnavardhan, Arundika, were furious over the protests at various places across the country, home of Thesa Kutiarachi and other leaders. The protesters attacked. Anti-government protesters also torched the official residences of Sri Lankan Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando and MPs Sanath Nishant, Mahipal Herath, Thisa Kutiarachi, Ramesh Pathirana and Nimal Lanja. This information was given by the local media.