Srilanka imposes Curfew after clashes, 20 people injured

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Srilanka imposes Curfew after clashes, 20 people injured

Colombo : Police in Sri Lanka imposed a curfew on Monday following clashes between rival political factions, as anger grows over the island's worst economic crisis since independence.

Months of blackouts and severe food, fuel, and medicine shortages have resulted in widespread suffering across the South Asian island, as well as weeks of overwhelmingly peaceful anti-government protests.

According to officials, at least 20 people were injured in the violence in central Colombo. In the aftermath of the violence, a police spokesperson announced that an indefinite curfew has been declared in parts of Colombo.

Earlier in the day, pro-Rajapaksa supporters gathered at the Prime Minister's official residence in Colombo, Temple Trees, and urged Mahinda Rajapaksa not to resign amid mounting economic pressure.

Armed with clubs, they attacked peaceful anti-government protesters, including a Buddhist priest, who had been staging a demonstration outside Temple Trees for more than a week, urging Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign.

Pro-Rajapska demonstrators also set fire to temporary huts where some anti-government protesters were on hunger strike.

Later, pro-Rajapaksa demonstrators marched to the protest site in front of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's office in Galle Face Green, where a peaceful demonstration has been held for over a month.