President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Urges Citizen To Maintain Peace As Violence Spreads Across Sri Lanka

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Symbolic Image, Photo Courtesy: Twitter

Highlights:

  • The anti-government protest on the island nation took a violent turn
  • Nearly, eight people were killed and over 200 injured in Colombo
  • President Gotabaya has extended the national curfew until Wednesday morning

On Tuesday, Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urged the citizens to maintain peace, as the anti-government protest on the island nation took a violent turn. The President’s appeal follows after the crisis-hit country witnessed its bloodiest day of the ongoing nationwide stir.

Taking to Twitter, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wrote, “I appeal and urge people to remain calm and stop violence and acts of revenge against citizens, irrespective of political affiliations. All efforts will be made to restore political stability through consensus, within constitutional mandate and to resolve the economic crisis.”

Reportedly, in Colombo, supporters of President Gotabaya attacked anti-government protesters, killing nearly eight people and over 200 injured in Colombo and other cities on Sunday. Considering the situation, President Gotabaya has extended the national curfew until Wednesday morning.

According to latest developments, the former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family have been shifted to a naval base after the protests aimed at his official residence in Colombo. The Defence ministry spokesperson noted, “Security forces have been ordered to shoot on sight anyone looting public property or causing harm to life.”

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