Sri Lanka President Declares State Of Emergency Amidst Protests

Sri Lanka facing bankruptcy and courting a state of anarchy has declared the State of Emergency for the second time in 5 weeks to quell rising protests and unrest in the nation.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa according to Al Jazeera said he invoked emergency laws to ensure order after shops closed and public transport was halted.

The Order gives the government power to arrest and imprison anyone for long periods without judicial supervision and gives the power to deploy troops on the ground to maintain law and order. The troubled president has been holding on to his presidency despite calls from the public for him to step down. Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency on April 1 after thousands protested in front of his house, the order then lapsed after 14 days.

However, the unrest continued and has since escalated leading to its worst crisis post-independence.

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