No gas, no food; Fresh clash erupts in Sri Lanka over gas and food shortages

Own report: Amid political and economic unrest, renewed protests erupted in Sri Lanka on Friday night. Protesters reportedly began a protest outside Colombo’s Slav Island PS due to food and fuel shortages. It is learned that a large group of protesters chanted slogans against the government with empty LPG cylinders.

The protesters said there was no gas in the country and no food. They have been protesting since last night but have been told they have no gas. People have not been able to get cooking gas for the last two months.

The Sri Lankan government lifted the 12-hour nationwide curfew on Saturday. Strict sanctions were relaxed as new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tried to form a government. However, nine people have already been killed in clashes with opposition groups.

Supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stormed an anti-government protest camp in the commercial capital, Colombo. Peaceful protests against the government turned violent this week, following the burning of tents and clashes with protesters.

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The government lifted the curfew in the country from 6 am to 6 pm on Saturday. The curfew was lifted for a few hours on Thursdays and Fridays to allow people to buy necessities.

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