Crisis-hit Sri Lanka declares emergency after crippling strike

One protester helps another as police use tear gas and water cannons to disperse students demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the country’s crippling economic crisis, near parliament in Colombo on May 6. of 2022.

Sri Lanka’s president declared a state of emergency for the second time in five weeks on Friday, giving sweeping powers to security forces amid a nationwide strike by angry protesters who blame him for an unprecedented economic crisis.

The emergency gives broad powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods without judicial oversight.

Originally published as Crisis-hit Sri Lanka declares emergency after crippling strike

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