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Protesters set politicians’ houses afire in Sri Lanka; govt orders shoot-at-site as protest escalates

By wasmulhaq 
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The land of Sri Lanka is boiling due to economic unrest in the country. The on-going protest has taken a violent route that has claimed at least eight lives so far. The government has imposed a nationwide curfew.

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An aggressive crowd has burnt several politicians’ houses, including the house of Rajapaksa’s family in Hambantota. Besides this mob also damaged the D A Rajapaksa Memorial—constructed in the memory of the father of Mahinda and Gotabaya—in Medamulana, Hambantota.

Civil unrest in the tiny nation over the severe economic crisis has shot up over the past few days. People are busy in protests all over the country, demanding the arrest of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned as the PM of the country on Monday.

The brawl between Rajapaksa aides and government protesters has intensified. They are blaming him for the shortages of fuel, medicine, essential commodities, and long power cuts, as well as the skyrocketing prices of necessary items.

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence turned harsh on protesters on Tuesday, ordering the Army, the Air Force, and Navy personnel to open fire on those who try to loot public property or damage it. At least 250 people have been injured in the ongoing violence across the country.

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The attack on leading politicians’ homes has created speculation that most of them have fled to India. The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka termed the report fake and baseless.

Anti-government protesters have created a checkpoint on the road that goes to the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo to keep an eye on the Rajapaksa family and their supporters fleeing the nation.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday urged people to stop “violence and acts of revenge” against fellow citizens and vowed to address the political and economic crisis facing the nation.

The Colombo Stock Exchange did not function on Tuesday and declared a holiday.

The situation in Sri Lanka is getting worse. It seems protests will further intensify unless the economic situation of the country comes on track.

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