Sri Lanka crisis deepens: Curfew extended until May 11 as unrest grows | World News

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday extended the nationwide curfew until Wednesday morning amid ongoing protests over financial and political crises.

“I instruct everybody not to use any public roads, railways, public parks, public recreation areas or other public territories or the seashore from 19:00 on May 9 to 07:00 on May 11,” Sputnik quoted the presidential decree.

The developments come as nationwide protests in opposition to the federal government have intensified over the previous few days leading to a rise in incidents of clashes.

The clashes in Colombo, which came about on Monday, killed seven folks and injured 231, with 218 of them hospitalized, Sputnik reported citing the Sri Lankan media outlet.

Earlier, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s residence within the metropolis of Kurunegala within the north-western province was set on fireplace, hours after the chief tendered his resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as the nation goes by way of an intensified civil strife amid a crippling financial crisis.

Sri Lanka is going through its worst financial crisis since independence with meals and gas shortages, hovering costs and energy cuts affecting numerous the residents, leading to huge protests over the federal government’s dealing with of the scenario.

The recession is attributed to international alternate shortages brought on by a fall in tourism throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as properly as reckless financial insurance policies, like the federal government’s transfer final year to ban chemical fertilizers in a bid to make Sri (*11*) agriculture “100 per cent organic”.

Due to an acute scarcity of international alternate, Sri Lanka not too long ago defaulted on the whole thing of its international debt amounting to about USD 51 billion.

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