Sri Lanka Deploys Troops, Sets Curfew to Quell Growing Civil Unrest

Colombo, the nation’s capital, announced it will be under a curfew that will run until Friday, July 15, at 5 a.m.

The Government Information Department made the announcement, according to the published announcement on Sri Lanka’s NewsWire.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the current prime minister, and the acting president has issued the order to enforce a curfew on Colombo.

The curfew was implemented at midday on Thursday by the administration of Wickremesinghe, a day after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives to avoid months of ferocious protests by Sri Lankans demanding his resignation.

Before boarding a military jet to depart from Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa nominated Wickremesinghe as acting president.

Demonstrations have taken place over the government’s handling of the biggest economic crisis to hit the country since its independence in 1948.

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