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Sri Lankans Protest Dire Economic Conditions Amid State of Emergency 

HeadlineApr 04, 2022

Sri Lanka is facing a mounting political and economic crisis. On Sunday, every member of Sri Lanka’s Cabinet — except for the president’s brother — offered to resign. This came a day after Sri Lanka’s president declared a 36-hour state of emergency to quell growing street protests over skyrocketing prices and dire shortages of food, fuel, gas and medicine. Over the weekend, thousands took to the streets to protest.

Latihaza Azik: “There is no gas. There is no petrol. There is nothing to eat. There is no medicine. What can we do? If this continues, we will have to jump into the sea.”

Police in Sri Lanka arrested over 650 people for violating the curfew, which ended earlier today.

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