Curfew Announced

Apr 2, 2022

On the night of 31 March-1 April 2022, authorities announced a curfew for Colombo North, Colombo South, and the suburbs of Kelaniya, Mount Lavinia and Nugegoda due to large-scale protests and rioting prompted by continuous fuel shortages and electricity outages throughout the country. In the suburb of Mirihana — located approximately 10 km (6 mi) southeast of Colombo — police officers deployed tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in several areas of the city, including near President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s private residence on Pengiriwatte road. Protesters obstructed traffic on several streets leading to the president’s home and destroyed at least one police barricade while police officers in anti-riot gear cordoned off the roads near Rajapaksa’s residence. According to local officials, at least 24 police officers and dozens of protesters were injured in Mirihana, and approximately 53 people were arrested. In the suburb of Jubilee Post near Nugegoda, several protesters were injured in clashes with police officers. At 0500 local time on 1 April (2330 UTC on 31 March), authorities lifted the curfew on the capital Colombo.

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