On Thursday, May 12 at 19:30GMT:
The political crisis in Sri Lanka took a violent turn this week following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The clashes are believed to have started when pro-government groups attacked an anti-government protest site in the capital, Colombo. The city remains under curfew.
The prime minister’s exit still leaves his brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as president, and that continues to spark public anger. The president has outlined broad powers for the military and police to detain and question people without arrest warrants. Local authorities report some 217 people have been injured and at least nine people have died so far.
Sri Lanka is also battling its worst economic crisis in history following the pandemic that hit tourism earnings, leaving the government grappling with rising oil prices and the impact of tax cuts.
We’ll discuss the latest from Sri Lanka.
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