Sri Lanka is once again under a state of emergency in the worst economic crisis

Sri Lanka is once again under a state of emergency in the worst economic crisis

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today declared a state of emergency that would give security forces a second power in five weeks to deal with intensifying anti-government protests. A spokesman for the president said the union had issued a strict law to “ensure public order and morals” after a national strike on Friday demanding a resignation from the worsening economic crisis.

Earlier today, police re-fired tear gas and water cannons at students attempting to attack Sri Lanka’s parliament as Sri Lanka was suspended by a trade union strike demanding the resignation of the government.

Months of power outages and severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine have caused widespread suffering for 22 million people across the island nation.

Public anger has sparked persistent protests demanding the government’s resignation against the worst mismanagement of the Sri Lankan crisis since independence in 1948.

Since Thursday, thousands of student protesters have been camping on the road leading to Congress on an artificial island on a lake in the capital Colombo.