The country has been facing massive power cuts these days as the government is unable to make payments for fuel imports because of a lack of foreign exchange.
Colombo: Suffering from the worst-ever economic crisis for the last few weeks, the people of Sri Lanka Thursday held a massive protest in Colombo in the evening. As per reports, over 1,000 people had come down on the streets of the capital city.
The protesters staged a massive protest outside the house of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, waved posters and raised slogans, said sources. Reports of scuffle between protesters and the police also came in even as the law enforcement agencies tried to pacify the angry protesters.
The country has been facing massive power cuts these days as the government is unable to make payments for fuel imports because of a lack of foreign exchange. The government has also announced 10-hour daily power cuts.
“We have already instructed officials to shut off street lights around the country to help conserve power,” Sri Lankan Power Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi told the media.
The country is facing its worst-ever economic crisis since independence as there has been a steep hike in the prices of food items and other essential commodities in the country. Shortage of fuel, natural gas has also been reported these days, resulting in a massive outrage among the people against the government.
The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has also cut down daily trading to two hours from the usual four-and-a-half because of the power cuts for the rest of this week at the request of brokers, the bourse said in a statement.
Meanwhile, in India on Thursday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of the condition and told him that several refugees from Sri Lanka are reaching Tamil Nadu through the sea route in order to escape the economic crisis amid massive rise in prices.