Sri Lankan Security Forces have been ordered to shoot law-breakers on sight in a bid to quell anti-government protests on the island.
Reports say demonstrators are calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the island’s worst economic crisis in history.
Yesterday his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped down as Prime Minster amid violent street clashes.
But the resignation failed to bring calm and violence continued overnight.
Today, the government ordered troops to open fire on anyone looting public property or causing harm to life.
It also deployed tens of thousands of army, navy and air force personnel to patrol the streets of the capital Colombo.