(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The 36-hour curfew that was imposed island wide was lifted at 6 this morning. The curfew was imposed on Saturday (02) from 6 pm in accordance with the powers vested in the President under the provisions of the Public Security Ordinance.
The public were barred from gathering at any public road, railway, public park, public recreation ground or other public ground or the seashore during the 36-hour curfew. However the people defied the curfew and took to streets island wide to protest the government.
Despite the lifting of the curfew, the state of emergency is still in effect in the country. An Extraordinary Gazette Notification was issued on the 1st of April imposing a state of emergency throughout the country by the Secretary to the President on the orders of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The Extraordinary Gazette Notification states that due to the existence of a public emergency in the country, the state of emergency is intended to ensure public safety and the well-being of the country and to provide essential services to the people.