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Sri Lankans protest over economic crisis

Police deployed to control riots in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans are facing a major economic crisis.

Where: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is facing a major economic crisis, believed to be caused partly by a lack of foreign reserves – The foreign currency is needed to pay for importing fuel.
Faced with shortages of fuel, essential food items, and medicines, the public protested outside President Rajapaksa’s house on Thursday.
The protest took a violent turn, causing the police to fire tear gas and water cannons.
A nationwide public emergency was declared by the government on Friday, thus giving special powers to security.
UN Sri Lanka coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy tweeted, “We are monitoring developments and are concerned by reports of violence in #SriLanka. Calling for restraint from all groups.”

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