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Why Are Sri Lankans Protesting?

By Rediff News Bureau
March 18, 2022 13:55 IST
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Please click on the images for glimpses of angry protests in Colombo as Sri Lanka grapples with its worst ever economic crisis.

 

IMAGE: People block the main road outside Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's secretariat in Colombo, March 15, 2022, during a protest organised by the main Opposition party, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, against the worsening economic crisis that has brought fuel shortages and spiralling food prices. All Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

 

IMAGE: The special task force pushes back protestors blocking the main road outside the president's secretariat.

 

IMAGE: A man shouts slogans against President Gota.

 

IMAGE: Sloganeering amidst the smoke of firecrackers.

 

IMAGE: The special task force stands guard at the main entrance of Gota's secretariat.

 

IMAGE: Protestors block the road outside Gota's secretariat.

 

IMAGE: A week before the protest, an empty restaurant in Colombo seen after a power outage caused by the main two gas companies suspending supplies as Sri Lanka grapples with a severe foreign exchange shortage.

 

IMAGE: The power outage meant staff at a restaurant in Colombo had to use the traditional Sri Lankan wooden stove to cook meals.

 

IMAGE: A man who runs a home-based food business uses the traditional Sri Lankan wooden stove to make string hoppers during the power outage.

 

Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/Rediff.com
Feature Presentation: Aslam Hunani/Rediff.com

 
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