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Sri Lanka orders forces to shoot violent actors amid protests

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Sri Lanka’s defense ministry ordered security forces on Tuesday to shoot anyone who was causing injury to people or property. 

The order comes a day after violent clashes on the island left eight dead. 

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The nation’s prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned on Monday after weeks of demonstrations calling for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa – his brother – to step down. 

“While emotions are running high in #lka, I urge our general public to exercise restraint & remember that violence only begets violence. The economic crisis we’re in needs an economic solution which this administration is committed to resolving,” he tweeted.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis…


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