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Sri Lanka grants emergency powers to army, police

Reuters reported on May 10 that Sri Lanka gave emergency powers to the army and police, after protests led to violence a day earlier.

The government allows the military and police to arrest people and interrogate without warrants. This South Asian country is facing the worst economic crisis in its history.

The situation in Sri Lanka is very unstable


On May 9, protests led to violence that left seven people dead and more than 200 injured and prompted the prime minister to submit his resignation. Thousands Protesters despite Curfew attacked officials and burned houses and shops, while supporters of the prime minister clashed with them.

Police Spokesperson Sri Lanka Nihal Thalduwa said that despite the news of unrest, the situation calmed down on May 10. In related developments, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned violence escalated in Sri Lanka and called on the authorities to investigate the attacks in an independent, thorough and transparent manner.

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