Many fear the government could resort to violence – through a staged incident, perhaps designed to redirect popular anger against Muslims

Curfew in Sri Lanka as protesters try to storm president’s house | News | Al Jazeera “With anger growing and inhibitions against violent protest falling away, the current situation is a very dangerous one, even as it contains potential seeds of democratic change,” Keenan said. “Many fear the government could resort to violence – either directly or through a staged incident, perhaps designed to redirect popular anger against Muslims. Vigilance from influential governments and international bodies like the United Nations is thus essential.” Curfew in Sri Lanka as protesters try…

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Massive protests erupt as people converge near President’s House in Sri Lanka

Police were seen on premises attempting to curb the situation, and the people have initiated the protest against the rising cost of living, gas shortage and the fuel shortage, in addition to the electricity crisis. Many were seen holding boards and participating in the protest. Heavy traffic in the area has been reported due to the protest, while Police have set up obstacles. People were seen jeering at the scene demanding for immediate solutions for the issues. Massive protests erupt as people converge near President’s House in Sri Lanka (newsfirst.lk)

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Police curfew imposed in several areas in Colombo

Police curfew has been imposed in Colombo North, South, Colombo Central and Nugegoda Police Divisions until further notice due to the tense situation that erupted outside the private residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today evening. Also, the curfew has also been imposed within Kelaniya and Mount Lavinia Police Divisions. Curfew imposed police areas: Colombo Central Police Division Pettah Keselwatta Dam Street Wolfendhal Street Fort Slave Island Maradana Maligawatta   Colombo North Police Division Police Station Colombo Harbour Fore shore Modara Kotahena Mattakkuliya Bluemandal Grandpass Dematagoda   Colombo South Police Division Kollupitiya Bambalapitiya Kirulapone Wellawatta…

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Is this the end of the road for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the powerful Rajapaksa Family which dominated Sri Lankan politics for decades?

By Seema Guha Is this the end of the road for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the powerful Rajapaksa brothers that had dominated Sri Lankan politics for decades? Going by the anger in the streets triggered by financial mismanagement and the near melt down of the island’s economy, the Rajapaksa family firm is running out of steam. Protest marches are now a daily occurrence. “Go back Gota” slogans and placards are held out by the same people who not long ago hailed the Rajapaksas as heroes. The Russia-Ukraine war which has…

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Rajapakshe fired me for my support and advocacy of the 13th amendment.

Indian inroads, GR-TNA talks and errors of political economy The Indians agreed, while factoring in an add-on to ensure that they aren’t double-crossed by the Rajapaksas who could back-flip to their preferred primary partnership with China. The add-on was that the Indians built themselves into the projects, making them ‘joint’ and inserting their own personnel. Any Big Power would do the same if given the opportunity, but who gave them this opportunity? It was the Sri Lankan side that made the requests, so the opening was provided by the Rajapaksa…

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Alleged War crimes: Lord Naseby: UK dispatches have cleared Sri Lanka of five major accusations

By Shamindra Ferdinando Member of House of Lords, Michael Naseby, has assured that he will try very hard to convince the UK to make public the sections of the Colombo British High Commission dispatches censored by London, pertaining to the last phase of the Vanni offensive. Lord Naseby gave this assurance at the launch of his memoirs, ‘Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained’ at the BMICH on Tuesday (29). Among those present on the occasion were Foreign Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General Kamal Gunaratne…

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