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Lanka in chaos: Anti-govt protests turn violent, PM’s office under seize; Army troops out to control crowds

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Colombo: Protestors hit streets, Lanka in chaos. The Prime Minister’s Office in Sri Lanka announced the imposition of emergency in the country. Angry protesters surrounded the Prime Minister’s Office. The Speaker appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as the acting President of the country. Army troops out to control crowds. The police are firing teargas shells to stop the protesters, but the protesters look uncontrollable. Curfew has been imposed in the Western Province.

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Protesters have occupied the Prime Minister’s Office. During this, the security forces tried to stop them. According to the hospital, around 30 protesters have been injured so far.

Wickremesinghe said that the army and police have been given a free hand to deal with the protesters. He said in an order that the security agencies of the country should do whatever is possible to restore law and order situation in the country.

The situation in Sri Lanka has become uncontrollable. For this reason an emergency has been imposed here. Curfew has been imposed in Colombo. Significantly, after the news of Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaving the country, the public has come out on the road. A large number of military personnel have been deployed in view of the protests outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Colombo.
The protesters who reached the spot are raising slogans against the government. In Colombo, security personnel fired tear gas at protesters as they marched towards the Prime Minister’s Office.

Protesters, who stormed three main buildings in the capital, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President’s Secretariat and the Prime Minister’s official residence, Temple Trees, on Saturday, demanding the resignation of President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, are still occupied there. Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, is in the grip of an unprecedented economic turmoil, leaving millions struggling to buy food, medicine, fuel and other essentials.

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The country’s state-run television channel Rupavihini suspended broadcasts on Wednesday as protesters stormed the building. The Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) said its engineers had suspended live and recorded broadcasts of the channel as the corporation’s premises were surrounded by protesters. Later, the channel resumed its broadcast.

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