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Emergency situation in Sri Lanka

The government has been dissolved according to the Constitution of Sri Lanka after the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.


Emergency was declared on 1st April by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa due to intensifying protests across the street. Several protests were going out in the country because of the hype on the prices of basic commodities. Hence, the government tried to suppress the protest by declaring an Emergency on the island for the second time. The economic crisis resulted in massive trade union actions that were turned into citizens' protests.Police officers are obliged to use severe tactics against demonstrators, including detention.


A large crowd of young people gathered in front of the President's residence, demanding that the Rajapaksa brothers quit.The world has condemned the island's declaration of an emergency as a restriction of all inhabitants' civil freedoms, which might exacerbate the crisis.Emergency gives all the power to police and armed forces, which can be used to suppress the press and public opinion. 


These actions have increased the opposition toward Prime Minister Rajapaksa to resign An emergency is not the solution to the situation as it also questions the democratic nature of the government.


The situation became worst when supporters of the government brutally assaulted peacefully uprising. Prime Minister Rajapaksa resigned after this incident as it was becoming impossible to regulate the public opinion on the island as well as the International criticism due to the emergency in the country. The resignation was accepted instantly, and the government was dissolved according to the Constitution of Sri Lanka.


In the clashes between the supporters of the government and protesters, three people died, according to the reports, and 150 people are injured. Protest on the island is taking a dangerous turn as now the lawmakers of the country are becoming the target of the anger of the public. Protesters are gathering around the houses of the ruling lawmakers, this is escalating the situation as clashes between the supporters and protesters are increasing such gatherings. 


Open fires are witnessed as a lot of people gathered near the houses of the Prime Minister's Mahinda residence and tried to break the gates. Hence, this forced such open fires in the air to protect the Prime Minister from the people's outrage


As recordings and footage of government supporters attacking teenage protestors go viral online, critics are blasting the administration for failing to handle the situation.


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