The Sri Lankan army fired on Saturday night to stop riots at a gas station in Visuvamadu, 365 kilometers north of the capital Colombo. The pump ran out of fuel, which angered the drivers.
Clashes with the army broke out. “A group of 20 to 30 people threw stones and damaged a military truck,” an army spokesman said Nilanta Prewar.
Police said four civilians and three soldiers were injured when the army began firing. This was the first time that the army fired shots to quell riots linked to the worsening economic crisis, Al said. Jazzir.
The country is facing its worst economic crisis since independence. The country is short of dollars to import the necessary products, including food, fuel and medicine.
Many of the 22 million residents have to wait at fuel stations for hours. Long electric eclipses have been going on for months, all of which are contributing to protests, including violent ones. Protesters demand the resignation of the president Gotabaje Rajapaksa.
Authorities have deployed police and troops at the pumps, and he is in town in April Rambukana police killed the driver when clashes over fuel distribution broke out.
Clashes involving drivers took place over the weekend at three locations, police said. At least six police officers were injured in one, and seven drivers were arrested.
This week, the Sri Lankan government approved a four-day public sector work week to alleviate severe fuel shortages and to encourage people to grow food.
The Sri Lankan prime minister’s office says food shortages could directly affect up to five million people in the coming months.
The United Nations, meanwhile, has drawn up a € 47 million aid plan over the next four months for the 1.7 million people hardest hit by the crisis.