Sri Lanka President declares a state of emergency

Move taken to ‘ensure public order’, says Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s spokesperson

May 06, 2022 10:41 pm | Updated 11:03 pm IST - Colombo:

Sri Lankans protest demanding the resignation of Rajapaksas-led government in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 6, 2022.

Sri Lankans protest demanding the resignation of Rajapaksas-led government in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 6, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday declared a state of emergency giving security forces sweeping powers for the second time in five weeks to deal with escalating anti-government protests.

A spokesman for the President said he invoked the tough laws to "ensure public order" after trade unions staged a nationwide strike Friday demanding his resignation over a worsening economic crisis.

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