Sri Lanka’s acting president declares another state of emergency

by | Jul 17, 2022 | World

Ranil Wickremesinghe cites need to uphold public order and security amid widespread social unrest.Sri Lanka’s acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared a state of emergency as his administration wrestles with an economic crisis and social unrest engulfing the island nation.
Wickremesinghe announced the measure “in the interests of public security, the protection of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community,” according to a government notice released late on Sunday.
The specific legal provisions of the latest emergency are yet to be announced by the government but previous emergency regulations have been used to deploy the military to arrest and detain people, search private property and dampen public protests.
Sri Lanka’s beleaguered leaders have issued imposed a state of emergency several times since April, when mass protests started against the government’s handling of the economic crisis and a persistent shortage of essentials.

Capital Colombo remained calm on Monday morning, with traffic and pedestrians out on the streets.
Bhavani Fonseka, senior researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives, said declaring a state of emergency was becoming the government’s default response.
“This has proven ineffective in the past,” Fonseka told Reuters news agency.
Wickremesinghe had announced a state of emergency last week, after overthrown President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country to escape a popular uprising against his government.
Rajapaksa flew to the Maldives and then to Singapore after hundreds of thousands of anti-government …

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