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Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka to quell public anger

Curfews have been imposed in most parts of the capital Colombo due to power outages, severe energy crisis and rising commodity prices. The Reuters news agency quoted Colombo police as saying in a report on Saturday.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the private residence of Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Thursday afternoon. At that time, they were trying to break a boundary wall of the residence and were throwing bricks at the police. They also set fire to a bus near the residence.

However, police used tear gas, batons and water cannons to disperse the protesters before the situation got out of control.

The Sri Lankan government has been unable to import fuel oil due to tightening of foreign exchange reserves. Most parts of Sri Lanka were without electricity for 13 hours on Thursday.

Several hospitals across the country have stopped surgery due to the power and fuel crisis. It is not even possible to light the lamps. According to the Sri Lankan Bureau of Statistics, food prices in the country rose by more than 30 percent in March.

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