Colombo: As a result of the unprecedented economic crisis, protesters set fire to several houses belonging to the ruling party in Rajapaksa’s ancestral home, in the worst violence that followed popular protests.
After the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the situation is getting worse. Amid the escalating violence in Sri Lanka, protesters on Monday attacked Rajapakse’s ancestral home in Hambantota, the homes of 14 former ministers, 18 MPs and leaders loyal to the Rajapaksa family.
Following this, the government issued a shooting order as soon as it saw the protesters.
Order to open fire on rioters
An order has been issued to shoot protesters in Sri Lanka now that they have been spotted. An order issued by the Ministry of Defense for the three forces said that if anyone looted public property or staged violent protests, he should be shot dead.
Rajapaksa’s house was burnt down
The order came after President Gotabaya Rajapakse appealed to the people not to resort to violence.
Eight people have been killed in violent clashes between anti-government protesters since the resignation of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse. On Monday, Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his post, after which his house was set on fire.
Nationwide Lockdown order
The army has been deployed in the capital, Colombo, amid violence between government supporters and protesters. A nationwide curfew was enforced.
Protesters have set up outposts on the road leading to Katunayake airport to prevent ruling party leaders and their loyalists from leaving the country.
Demand for resignation of the Chancellor
Meanwhile, after the violence, Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with his wife and family, left his official home, Temple Trees, and took refuge at a naval base in the port city of Trincomalee on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka.
Protesters have been protesting in Sri Lanka for the past three months demanding the removal of the government. Protesters accuse the Rajapakse government of corruption and blame the Rajapaksa brothers’ misguided policies for inflation, unemployment and starvation in Sri Lanka.
There is currently a curfew order in Sri Lanka. But the protesters are adamant in their demand. They are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa.