Civil Unrest and Rioting in Sri Lanka Prompts State of Emergency

Sri Lanka has declared a nationwide state of emergency after as civil unrest grows ad protests near the president’s private residence in the capital city of Colombo became violent when protestors stormed barricades and set fire to vehicles.

At least twenty four police personnel were injured during the vio;ent clashes, according to officials.

Sri Lanka’s citizens are suffering regular electrical blackouts lasting 12 hours or longer, a lack of fuel, as well as shortages of  food and medicines.

The country’s armed military forces have been deployed and are empowered to make arrests without warrant.

Sri Lanka is in the midst of a major economic crisis, lacking foreign currenciers to use to pay for fuel imports.

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