Sri Lanka braced for more unrest as new president vows crackdown on ‘fascist’ protests

The Guardian

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Crowds protest in Colombo after the election of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lanka’s new president on Wednesday. Photograph: Abhishek Chinnappa/Getty Images

Sri Lanka was braced for more unrest after newly appointed president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, vowed to crack down on the protests that toppled his predecessor, condemning them as “against the law”.

Speaking after being MPs picked him as successor to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Wickremesinghe made it clear he would not tolerate those he perceived to be stirring up violence.

“If you try to topple the government, occupy the president’s office and the prime minister’s office, that is not democracy; it is against the law,” he said.

Publish : 2022-07-21 10:15:00

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