Sri Lanka imposes long curfew to prevent protests

The Sri Lankan government today declared a nationwide curfew for 36 hours in order to prevent a massive protest planned for Sunday to protest government’s failure to provide solutions to the shortages of food, fuel, gas and medicine and power crisis.

The government informed that a 36-hour curfew has been imposed across the country from 06.00 pm today (02) to 06.00 am on Monday (04) in accordance with the powers vested in the President under the provisions of the Public Security Ordinance.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a Public Emergency with effect from April 01 in the interest of public security, a day after a massive crowd converged near President’s private residence demanding the President to ‘go home’.

President Rajapaksa’s move to stifle public dissent has come under criticism from local political leaders pointing out that the public has democratic right to protest peacefully.

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