The situation in Sri Lanka is out of control.
The ordeal in Sri Lanka, which began on Monday, is now taking a frightening turn. According to reports, Sri Lanka’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday ordered the army to open fire on thugs involved in looting and damaging property. Protesters on Monday torched the homes of several cabinet ministers, MPs, mayors and former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The mob also attacked the official residence of Mahinda Rajapaksa, following which the army escorted Rajapaksa and his family to a naval base on Tuesday morning.
According to the news agency, the ministry said that security forces have been ordered to shoot anyone who loots public property or causes damage to life and property. Earlier, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had delegated emergency powers to the army and police, allowing people to be detained without warrants.
Sri Lanka, facing a long-running economic crisis and protests, was devastated on Monday. Pro-government protesters were attacked and Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister. So far eight people, including an MP of the ruling party, have died in the violence. So far more than 200 people are reported to have been injured.
Army has been deployed in many parts of the country to control the situation and curfew has been imposed till Wednesday. Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed his supporters on Monday but the violence escalated instead of stopping.