Crisis-hit Sri Lanka declares weekend curfew after president declares state of emergency

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Sri Lanka’s government imposed a 36-hour curfew on Saturday, even as hundreds of lawyers urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to revoke a state of emergency introduced following unrest over fuel and other shortages in a deep economic crisis. The government’s information department said a countrywide curfew would run from 6pm local time on Saturday to 6am on Monday. Rajapaksa introduced a state of emergency on Friday, raising fears of a crackdown on protests. Emergency powers in the past have…

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