Sri Lankans Leaving Colombo For Hometowns Amid Leaders Meet To Combat Crisis

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Highlights:

  • PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned and started hiding in a military base
  • The authorities relaxed an indefinite curfew at 7 a.m (0130 GMT)
  • The curfew is scheduled to be reimposed at 2 p.m

On Thursday, many Sri Lankans thronged buses in the main city Colombo to return to their hometowns as leaders of political parties prepare to meet after PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned and started hiding in a military base.

Earlier, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also warned of anarchy. Reportedly, hundreds of people crowded the main bus station in the commercial capital after the authorities relaxed an indefinite curfew at 7 a.m (0130 GMT). The curfew is scheduled to be reimposed at 2 p.m.

Sri Lanka is witnessing its worst economic crisis since independence which led to violent protests against the Rajapaksa government. According to the police, altogether 9 people were killed and over 300 were injured during the clashes. The protestors demanded the entire Rajapaksa family politicians step down.

According to reports, protestors sprayed graffiti over Mahinda Rajapaksa’s home in a southern town and robbed a museum dedicated to his father. They have also pledged to keep up the protest until the president also resigns. However, on Thursday, streets in the main city Colombo remained quiet.

Notably, President Rajapaksa has repeatedly called for a unity government to find a way out of the crisis, but the opposition leaders asserted that they won’t serve until he resigns over his handling of the crisis. The nation’s central bank governor voiced on Wednesday that failing to find a solution to the crisis in the next two weeks would result in power cuts of up to 10 to 12 hours per day together with his own resignation.

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