Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency on Friday, after prolonged protests and a general strike shuttered schools, businesses, and transport services.
The state of emergency will allow for the arrest of protesters blocking roads. The measure must be approved by Sri Lanka’s parliament within 14 days.
The country has been rocked by civil unrest since March, with protests at times turning violent as anger builds over the government’s apparent mishandling of the country’s economic crisis.
On Friday, police fired tear gas at protesters near the country’s parliament in the national capital of Colombo.
The state of emergency drew criticism from some, with opposition leader Sajith Premadasa saying the…