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45 Arrested For Protest Near Sri Lankan President’s House, Curfew Revoked

The curfew was lifted at 5am today

Colombo:

An overnight curfew imposed in some parts of Colombo, after protests outside the residence of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the worsening economic crisis turning violent, was lifted this morning around 5am.

Police said 45 people had been arrested for allegedly engaging in protests yesterday outside the President’s residence.

“45 people were arrested (44 men and 1 woman) and 5 police officers were injured including an ASP and treated at hospital following protests in Mirihana, Nugegoda last night. A police bus, 1 police jeep, 2 motorcycles caught fire and a water cannon truck was damaged, “said a police spokesman.

Curfews have been imposed in the North, South, Central Colombo, Nugegoda, Mount Lavinia and Kelaniya Police Divisions.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters who tried to storm the Sri Lankan president’s house in the capital yesterday. Videos shared on social media showed men and women shouting “crazy, crazy go home” and demanding all members of the Rajapaksa family in power step down.

There has been a critical shortage of food and essential goods, fuel and gas for weeks as the country struggles with its worst economic recession since its independence.

Many parts of the crisis -hit country are struggling with power cuts for up to 13 hours due to a lack of foreign currency to import fuel.

The crisis was the result of untimely tax cuts and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic coupled with historically weak government finances, causing foreign exchange reserves to decline by 70 percent in the last two years.

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