Sri Lanka orders ‘eye-shot’ after protesters set fire to more than 100 houses

Tuesday Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense order At least eight people were killed and more than 100 homes burned, as riots swept across the island “shooting everyone who loots public property or harms individuals.”

Sri Lankan authorities said Eight deaths included a member of parliament and several police officers. The mob destroyed or damaged 88 vehicles, along with a burned down house. Most of the damaged property belonged to current or former lawmakers of the ruling party.

Deceased MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala, Reportedly He aimed his guns at the mobs surrounding his car, and two of them were seriously injured. The rest of the mob chased him and killed him while he tried to hide in a nearby building. Some reports claim he committed suicide.

arsonists and destroyers rumor The fact that ruling party lawmakers are quietly escaping Sri Lanka with their families and fleeing to India. India’s High Commissioner issued a statement denying the rumors on Tuesday at its office in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

Defense Minister Kamal Gunaratne presentation On Wednesday, he said he would take “strict action” against rioters, arsonists and looters, regardless of party. He said CCTV footage would be used to track down the criminals and confirmed that his military had been ordered to fire on the spot violators.

another statement, issued Army General Shavendra Silva denounced rumors from opposition leaders that the Sri Lankan military plans to open fire on the masses, causing more violent riots and giving the government an excuse to impose full martial law. Silva swore that none of his soldiers would “under any circumstances engage in such a shameful act.”

The crisis in Sri Lanka, a democratic socialist country, began in March with massive protests against the island’s bleak economy. The outraged crowd demanded the resignation of his brothers Gotabaya and President and Prime Minister Mariinda Rajapaksain.

Rajapaksas stubbornly clinged to power and tried to form a “united government” with opposition leaders, but failed. The economy has steadily deteriorated and Sri Lanka defaulted on external debt of $51 billion in April. Meanwhile, the streets were violent as supporters of the Rajapaska family clashed with protesters.

On Monday, dozens of Rajapaksa supporters attacked protesters encamped outside the Blue House, triggering the worst violence in the crisis and leading to a curfew imposed by the military.

Protesters and government supporters clash outside the residence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mariinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, May 9, 2022. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Marina Rajapaksa resignation On Monday there was his son, Youth Minister Namal Rajapaksa, along with all members of the Cabinet.

The resigning prime minister has called on all parties to withdraw from violent confrontation while the interim government is formed.

The prime minister’s peaceful investigation has met with considerable skepticism by protesters who have noted that the mobs that attacked the protesters on Monday began pouring out of the home of Marinda Rajapaksa and launching their attacks.

A bus burns near the residence of Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mariinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on May 9, 2022.  - Violence between protesters and government supporters demanding President Gotabaya killed at least three people and injured more than 150 on May 9.  Resignation of Rajapaksa.  (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP by Getty Images

A bus burns near the residence of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, May 9, 2022. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images

Central Bank Governor Nandalal Wirasinghe on Wednesday prediction The national economy is only Two days We are far from total collapse unless a new government is set up to take drastic measures. Security officials feared “complete anarchy” on the streets.

TOPSHOT - People pass a burnt out bus near the residence of former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mariinda Rajapaksa, one day after protesters set fires to Colombo on May 10, 2022.  - The violence killed 5 people and injured more than 225 people.  In Sri Lanka, the prime minister has resigned for weeks after protests over the worsening economic crisis.  (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP) (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP by Getty Images)

People pass a burnt-down bus near the residence of former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mariinda Rajapaksa, a day after they were set on fire by protesters in Colombo on May 10, 2022. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

Marinda’s younger brother Gotabaya stay He has been in power since Wednesday and is facing international human rights criticism by declaring a state of emergency and a gunfight curfew. Protesters are unlikely to be satisfied with any “transitional government” that includes him, and the rest of Rajapaksa is lined with police, military and his battalion-wielding street troops to keep him in power.

Police use water cannons to disperse university students from a protest calling for the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the severe economic crisis near the Parliament House in Colombo, May 6, 2022.  (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo courtesy of ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP (Getty Images)

Police use water cannons to disperse university students from a protest calling for the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the severe economic crisis near the Parliament House in Colombo, May 6, 2022. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are concerned about the deployment of the military. “Peaceful protesters, whether military or civilian, emphasize that they must not be the target of violence or intimidation,” State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said. said on tuesday.

“The government must address Sri Lankan people’s dissatisfaction with the economic crisis, including shortages of electricity, food and medicine, and concerns about the country’s political future,” Price said.

President Rajapaksa was the first address in your country For more than a month on Wednesday, he proposed a compromise that would give up many executive powers but continue to preside over a “united government”.

Rajapaksa promised to “nominate a prime minister who will win the trust of the parliament and the people”.

President Rajapaksa has disappointingly chosen his protests as motivated by racism, religious prejudice and “subversive” factors.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa came to power on the waves. Sinhala Buddhist Populism Public demand for terrible national security Easter Sunday church bombing 2019 year.

The waves were big enough to drag Gotabaya’s two brothers and two nephews into the cabinet after Gotabaya won the August 2020 elections. marinda was herself President From 2005 to 2015, and if the constitutional two-term limit had not been imposed on the highest office, he would probably have resumed sea bass, so he settled for prime minister.

There were five Rajapaksas in the cabinet, including Gotabaya, who appointed himself Minister of Defense for violating the Sri Lankan constitution. Meanwhile, in addition to the post of Prime Minister, Marinda was appointed Minister of Finance, Urban Development and Buddhist Affairs.

Rajapaksa’s eldest brother, tea roll irrigation, And Disaster management (nephews were moderately limited to one seat in each cabinet due to their youth).

Mahinda seems to have found it difficult to remain both prime minister and treasury secretary since she relinquished her post in 2021. Fortunately, he had another brother named Basil waiting to make up for it.

The economic crisis that could eventually bring the Rajapaksa clan out of power was greatly exacerbated by the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the economic shocks of these major international events, but the roots of Sri Lanka’s problems were simple. economic mistake on a breathtaking scale.

Rajapaksas borrowed and spent huge amounts of money, including some very unwise BRI infrastructure projects funded by China. They were surrounded by people around them, silenced opposition with the help of state-run media, and used ethnic and religious appeals to empower them on the streets when needed. Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange reserves were exhausted in March, the island convulsed by food shortages and power outages, and the illusion of a functioning government shattered.

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