Sri Lanka unrest flares despite curfew

May 11, 2022 6:00 am

[Source: BBC News]

A curfew is in force across Sri Lanka after mobs burned down homes belonging to the ruling Rajapaksa family amid mounting anger at the economic crisis.

The overnight violence capped a day of unrest that saw PM Mahinda Rajapaksa quit, but this failed to bring calm.

Crowds besieged his residence and he was evacuated in a pre-dawn operation amid tear gas and warning shots.

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Protests are continuing despite the curfew. Seven people have died and 200 have been injured since Monday.

The island-wide curfew has been extended to this morning as authorities seek to quell the violence.