Sri Lanka: Acting president declares state of emergency, curfew | Dailytrust

Sri Lanka: Acting president declares state of emergency, curfew

Ranil Wickremesinghe
Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lanka’s acting President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Wednesday, declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew to control a fresh wave of protests in Colombo.

Wickremesinghe, in a recorded message broadcast on television, said that the directive was given following intelligence reports that protesters were storming parliament, the prime minister’s office and the residences of service commanders.

Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the acting president after Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country to the Maldives earlier in the day after protests.

Wickremesinghe had been serving as prime minister.

His statement came as more than 3,000 people, most of them university students, continued protesting near the prime minister’s office with some of them storming the building.

However, a large number of troops had been deployed around the area and were trying to drive the protesters away by using tear gas. (dpa/NAN)

Dear Reader,
Every day, we work hard to provide readers such as you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information. Quality journalism costs money. Today, we're asking that you support us to do more. Your support means that Daily Trust can keep offering journalism to everyone in the world. Sign up for as little as N1,000 to become a member. Learn more about our membership here

Bank transfers can be made to:
Zenith Bank
Media Trust Ltd

Please send details of your bank transfer to the email or Whatsapp number below so that we can contact you.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Whatsapp: +234 806 990 3410