Over 600 held for violating curfew to protest the economic crisis in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka imposed a countrywide curfew starting Saturday evening until Monday morning, in addition to a state of emergency declared by the President, to prevent more unrest after protesters took to the streets blaming the government for the worsening economic crisis. Over 600 people were arrested in Sri Lanka’s Western Province on Sunday for violating a 36-hour nationwide curfew and trying to stage an anti-government rally to protest the country’s worst economic crisis. Opposition lawmakers, led by their leader Sajith Premadasa, had set off on a march towards the iconic…

Sri Lanka imposes curfew, blocks social media amid protests over the economic crisis

The Sri Lankan government on Sunday blocked social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after declaring a nationwide public emergency and imposing a 36-hour curfew ahead of a planned anti-government rally over the worst economic crisis in the island nation. The move is aimed at preventing masses from gathering in Colombo to protest the government’s failure to provide relief to the public suffering from shortages of food, essentials, fuel, and medicine amidst hours-long power cuts, the Colombo Page newspaper reported. NetBlocks, a watchdog organization that monitors cybersecurity…

Sri Lanka imposes curfew amid food, fuel, and power shortage protests

Sri Lanka imposed a countrywide curfew starting Saturday evening until Monday morning, in addition to a state of emergency declared by the president, in an attempt to prevent more unrest after protesters took to the streets blaming the government for the worsening economic crisis. The government’s information head Mohan Samaranayake said in a statement that the curfew is being imposed under powers vested with the president. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed emergency powers on midnight Friday amid widespread calls for public protests throughout the country on Sunday, as anger over shortages…