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Sri Lanka has granted emergency powers to police in attempt to quell violence

Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented economic crisis. President urges people to exercise restraint.

Where: Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka granted its military and police emergency powers, effectively enabling them to detain people without warrants.
Riots followed nationwide shortages of fuel, food, and medicine, bringing thousands of protesters out to the streets of Sri Lanka.
President Rajapaksha stated, “Strongly condemn the violent acts taking place by those inciting & participating, irrespective of political allegiances. Violence won’t solve the current problems. I request all citizens to remain calm & exercise restraint.”
Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented economic crisis following the Covid pandemic which affected tourism income. Oil prices have skyrocketed.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated, “Sri Lanka’s access to international capital markets was lost in 2020, prompting a decline of international reserves to critically low levels.”

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