Armed troops have been deployed in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo after government supporters attacked protesters camped outside the president and prime minister’s offices.
A curfew has been imposed across the island nation of 22 million people after the violence in Colombo, a police spokesman said.
It comes as trade unions begin a “week of protests” demanding the government change and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa step down over the country’s worst economic crisis in memory.
The Indian Ocean island nation is on the brink of bankruptcy and has suspended payments on its foreign loans.
Its financial woes have brought on a political crisis, with the government facing widespread protests and a no-confidence motion in parliament.
Supporters of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is Gotabaya’s older brother, rallied inside his office earlier, urging him to ignore the protesters’ demands to step down and requesting he remain in office.
Source : Sky News