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Sri Lanka economic crisis: President Rajapaksa declares state of emergency

Prime News, International (Colombo), May 7:- A state of emergency was declared by the President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday with effect from midnight today, reported Sri Lanka’s DailyMirror citing President’s Media Division.

The state of emergency gives the police and the security forces power to arbitrarily arrest and detain people. Rajapaksa’s decision was to ensure public security and maintain essential services so as to make sure a smooth functioning of the country, the presidential media division said. Rajapaksa had declared emergency on April 1 also after a mass protest opposite his private residence. He had revoked it on April 5.

Sri Lankan student activists had earlier in the day warned to lay a siege to Parliament as trade unions launched a crippling island-wide strike to demand the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government over their inability to tackle the economic meltdown which has caused unprecedented hardships to the public.

Sri Lanka’s government has been facing a wave of protests around the country with an increasingly furious public demanding its resignation.

All trade unions of health, postal, port and other government services have joined the strike. However, several pro-ruling party trade unions have declined to join. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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