While Sri Lanka appears to have sailed through the political crisis with the ouster of Rajapaksas from the government, the economic crisis continues. The country needs about $5 billion in the next six months to cover basic necessities for its citizens.
Police fired water and tear gas to disperse protesters during the Inter-University Student Federation protest against the government of President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo on 18 August 2022. Images
A photographer takes pictures of police officers as they block the Inter-University Student Federation protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on August 18, 2022. The IUSF organised an anti-government protest march demanding the release of protesters who are currently in remand custody, abolishment of the Executive Presidency, the introduction of a new Constitution, concessions on basic necessities, and will urge authorities to restore university education. The country has been suffering with a crippling economic crisis, the worst the country had seen since it claimed independence in 1948. As a result, the country’s population struggles to get their hands on essential goods like fuel, food, and medicine.
An elderly woman sells lottery tickets in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on August 18, 2022. The country has been suffering from a crippling economic crisis, the worst the country had seen since it claimed independence in 1948. As a result, the country’s population struggles to get their hands on essential goods like fuel, food, and medicine.
Buddhist monks of the Sri Lanka Inter University Students Federation shout slogans during the Inter-University Student Federation protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on August 18, 2022.
General view of the presidential secretariat office after the struggle in Colombo Sri Lanka on August 17, 2022.
Members of Sri Lanka Health Union protest outside the General Hospital Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 16, 2022.
Sri Lankan traditional dancers and drummers perform during a Gini Madu Shanthikarmaya, a traditional Sinhalese ritual in Batuwatta, Sri Lanka, on August 14, 2022. The Gini Madu Shanthikarmaya, is a ritual tradition that invokes the blessings of the goddess Pattini and lasts up to 12 hours.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe visits the Army Headquarters and awarded certificates of appreciation to the army officers who protected the Parliament from the protesters who came near Parliament complex recently.
Sri Lankan anti-government celebrate at the ‘Gotagogama’, the main protest site next to the president’s office, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 5 August 2022. Sri Lankan Attorney General gave an undertaking to the Court of Appeal that no action outside legal procedures will be taken against the temporary structures at the Gota Go Gama protest site at Galle Face besides the president’s office until August 10, 2022.
A group of anti-government protestors prepared to leave the protest site. August 05, 2022, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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