Sri Lanka orders forces to shoot violent actors during protests

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that of Sri Lanka On Tuesday, the Defense Ministry ordered security forces to shoot anyone who was injuring people or property.

The order comes the day after violent clashes on the island resulted in eight deaths.

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The prime minister of the nation, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned Monday, after weeks of demonstrations calling for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his brother, to step down.

“While emotions are high in #lka, I urge our audience to exercise restraint and remember that violence only breeds violence. The economic crisis we find ourselves in needs an economic solution that this administration is committed to solving,” he said. tweeted.

Sri Lanka is facing it worst economic crisis for decades, with a shortage of life-saving medicines and food.

Soldiers from the Sri Lankan army stand guard outside the prime minister's residence a day after clashes between government supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday 10 May 2022.

Soldiers from the Sri Lankan army stand guard outside the prime minister’s residence a day after clashes between government supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday 10 May 2022.
(Photo AP / Eranga Jayawardena)

The president and his brother admitted making mistakes that exacerbated the issue.

“I appeal and urge people to stay calm [and] stop the violence [and] acts of revenge against citizens, except for political affiliations “, the president tweeted Tuesday. “All efforts will be made to restore political stability through consensus, within the constitutional mandate [and] to resolve the economic crisis “.

The resignation, according to Mahinda, followed a violent one attack by supporters of the government on the peaceful protestersprompting the authorities to deploy armed troops in the capital.

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Police observed and did little to stop the assault, and angry citizens across the country responded by attacking government supporters and ruling party politicians.

More than 210 were injured in the violence, according to Kamal Gunaratne, secretary of the defense ministry.

Over 100 buildings and numerous vehicles were burned.

Sri Lankan government soldiers stand guard near burned buses a day after clashes between government supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Sri Lankan government soldiers stand guard near burned buses a day after clashes between government supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
(Photo AP / Eranga Jayawardena)

Despite a 36-hour national curfew, protests continued on Tuesday, with some attacks on the homes of government supporters.

“There is an emergency and a curfew in place, but we see sections of young people breaking into homes committing arson, assaults, murders and thefts,” Gunaratne said in a statement.

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With Mahinda’s departure, the government was also dissolved. Talks were underway to form a new one.

Rajapaksa declared state of emergency on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.