Colombo : The situation in neighboring country Sri Lanka is getting worse after the ongoing violent clashes between supporters and opponents of the government. Amid anti-government protests, a ruling party MP was found dead on Monday after being shot.Media reports said that the MP’s vehicle was surrounded by protesters, after which he fled from the spot. There have also been allegations that MP Amarkirti Atukorla also opened fire on people blocking the way of his vehicle. However, he himself was later found dead in a nearby building.
Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 Anti Inflation, Anti Govt, Anti Everything 💣🔥 The People throw a Former Ministers car in the river….Do Whatever you can, to disrupt their plans 💣🔥👊 pic.twitter.com/YIzUqZNlkI
— 𝙍𝙄𝙎𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙇𝘽𝙊𝙐𝙍𝙉𝙀 (@risemelbourne) May 9, 2022
Unconfirmed reports claimed that MP Amarkirti was found dead in a building in Nitambuwa town, about 40 km from Colombo. It is even being claimed that he took his own life.A CCTV footage is going viral on social media, in which the MP was running on the pavement with his bodyguard carrying a pistol. One of the two protesters injured in the shooting allegedly by the MP is in a critical condition.
Violence erupted across the country on Monday afternoon as anti-social elements supporting resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked peaceful protesters who had occupied two places. They were protesting at the entrance of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office and Mahinda’s residence in Colombo.Armed goons attacked anti-government protesters, who have been protesting there for weeks now. They set their tents on fire.
To control the situation, an island-wide curfew was imposed, but defying the curfew, people took to the streets and protested against the government. Several houses of ruling MPs and local leaders were reportedly burnt. Army has been called in to control the situation.With violence erupting in the country, Mahinda Rajapaksa has submitted his resignation to his younger brother Gotabaya.
The island nation, going through an unprecedented economic crisis, is facing months-long protests mainly due to shortages of food, fuel, medicine, cooking gas and hours of power cuts.Since last Friday, residents of Colombo and its suburbs have been blocking roads to protest the non-availability of cooking gas and fuel.
Anti-government protesters are demanding the resignation of the president, the prime minister and the entire cabinet, but Gotabaya Rajapaksa has opted to remove his government and run the country with an all-party cabinet.