On the island of Sri Lanka, the streets are full of protesters. They are angry at the government. According to the population, it makes a pot of it.
Why are residents angry?
Due to the economic crisis in the country there is a large shortage of medicines and food. There is also very little fuel. That’s why people line up for hours to fill their jerry can. In fact, there is so little fuel that power plants can no longer run all the time. As a result, the power goes out for hours every day.
What is the situation now?
Residents have been taking to the streets for weeks to demonstrate. A state of emergency was declared to make it easier for the army to arrest people. But it was lifted after a few days. The protesters want the government to step down. The president and Prime Minister, Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa, are brothers and have a lot of power. Many ministers have since resigned, but the president and Prime Minister have not yet thought about it.
How did the country get into such money trouble?
The shortage of money has arisen, among other things, because tourists stayed away due to corona. In addition, the country also has to repay many loans to countries such as China. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is an organization of the United Nations, can help with all these debts. But whether Sri Lanka will accept that help is not yet known. For the time being, people are still taking to the streets.