Bar Association calls on protesters to leave Prime Minister’s residential premises

The Sri Lanka Bar Association issued a statement in response to the country’s political crisis and called for responsible behavior from all parties. The Prime Minister’s office in Flower Road was occupied by protesting masses, which caused great concern within the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), according to a published statement.

Additionally, BASL urged protesters to immediately hand over the aforementioned assets to law enforcement officials. The statement went on to say that while the BASL would continue to support the rights of peaceful protest, it opposes unconstitutional conditions of anarchy or chaos. Also, according to BASL, attempting to occupy government buildings or damage or destroy property does not constitute peaceful protest.

“There is a need at this time for the President, the Prime Minister and the leaders of all political parties in Parliament, as well as the citizens to understand the fragile situation of the nation and to act with the utmost responsibility and with a sense of sacrifice in It is also in the best interests of them to act in good faith and prevent the creation of a situation which could lead to the breakdown of the rule of law,” the statement read.

Crisis in Sri Lanka

Amid an escalating economic crisis that led to the takeover of the president’s office and home last weekend as well as the burning down of the prime minister’s mansion, the President of Sri Lanka left the country. Rajapaksa’s departure follows months of widespread protests over price hikes, food shortages and fuel shortages. The country’s foreign exchange reserves are almost exhausted and interest on its debt has already ceased to be paid on time.

Basic things are now much more expensive in the island nation. There were also several power outages. The healthcare system is on the verge of collapse due to a shortage of medicines. Officials say there is not enough fuel in the country to support basic services such as buses, trains and medical vehicles, and there is not enough foreign funds to import more.

Due to a fuel shortage, the price of gasoline and diesel has increased dramatically since the beginning of the year. The government banned the sale of petrol and diesel for non-essential cars for two weeks at the end of June. It is believed to be the first country to do so since the 1970s. Fuel sales remain very limited. To save supplies, people were advised to work from home and schools were closed.

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