Video Duration 24 minutes 15 seconds
From: Inside Story
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared another state of emergency.
The island nation of Sri Lanka is in crisis. There have been food and fuel shortages for weeks and power cuts have become the new norm.
Many say they are struggling to get by and they blame the government for mishandling the economic situation – calling on President Gotabya Rajapaksa to resign.
There was a general strike on Friday that shut down much of the country.
In response, the president’s office re-imposed a state of emergency – saying it was needed to “ensure public order”.
But what brought the nation to this unprecedented situation?
Presenter: Adrian Finighan
Bhavani Fonseka – Senior researcher and lawyer with the Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ahilan Kadirgamar – Political economist and senior lecturer at the University of Jaffna
Jehan Perera – Executive director of the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka