Crisis-hit Sri Lanka declares emergency after crippling strike

A demonstrator helps another as police use tear gas and water cannon to disperse students demanding the resignation of Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the country’s crippling economic crisis, near parliament in Colombo on May 6, 2022

Sri Lanka’s president Friday declared a state of emergency for the second time in five weeks, giving security forces sweeping powers amid a nationwide strike by angry demonstrators who blame him for an unprecedented economic crisis.

The emergency gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods without judicial supervision.

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