ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has extended a nation-wide curfew till May 12, shortly after troops were given orders by the defence ministry to shoot persons attacking property.
At least eight people had died in the violence which followed an attack by ruling party supporters on peaceful protestors in Colombo.
The curfew notice is produced below:
Curfew Order under Section 16
WHEREAS, I, consider that it is necessary to maintain public order in the areas specified in the Schedule hereto, I, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President, by virtue of the powers vested in me under Section 16 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40) do by this Order direct that no person shall be on any public road, railway, public park, public recreation ground or other public ground or the seashore in such areas, from 07.00 hour of May 11th , 2022 to 07.00 hour of May 12th, 2022, except under the authority of a written permit granted by Secretary, Ministry of Defence or Secretary, Ministry of Public Security or Inspector-General of Police or any officer authorized by them.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President.