Sri Lanka Crisis: PM Wickremesinghe refused to give “order to shoot at sight”, said – no such order was given in writing

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Sri Lanka Crisis: On May 10, the day after the violence started in Sri Lanka on May 9, the Ministry of Defense of Sri Lanka ordered the Army, Air Force and Navy that any such person who plundered public property or caused harm to others amid violent demonstrations. Shoot the person. This island country is facing unprecedented economic and political crisis.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister of Ranil Wickremesinghe (Ranil Wickramsinghe) told Parliament on Thursday that amid government protests, the Defense Ministry has not issued any order to shoot at sight protesters. On May 10, Sri Lanka’s Defense Ministry ordered the Army, Air Force and Navy to fire at anyone who looted public property or caused harm to others in the midst of violent demonstrations. This island country is facing unprecedented economic and political crisis.

The order came at a time when anti-government protesters started aggressively attacking the properties of the Rajapaksa family and those close to them. Angry protesters attacked the Temple Tree, the residence of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, but before that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters attacked anti-government protesters in Colombo.

The new Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that no such order was issued in writing. Colombo Gazette has reported this.

The Prime Minister said that the police can use their discretion in case of firing if it is required but for this certain procedures have to be followed.

He said that while properties of some MPs were attacked last week, shoot at sight order was not issued.

The Defense Ministry, however, had recently announced that shoot-at-sight orders were being issued to prevent further violence.

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