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International: Sri Lankan troops ordered to shoot violent protestors

1:00pm on 10 May 2022

By Sam Ashton

Sri Lankan troops have been ordered to shoot law-breakers on sight amid protests in Sri Lanka. 

This follows Monday's resignation of prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa over the worst economic crisis Sri Lanka has ever faced. 

However, protests have not stopped as calls for the former prime minister's brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign continue.

The unrest throughout Sri Lanka has caused the government to order troops to shoot protestors on sight who are causing damage to property or being violent towards others. 

Despite the police presence in the capital city of Colombo, the city's top police officer was assaulted, and several politicians' houses have been burned.

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