Uproars across Sri Lanka over fuel price increase

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Protesters in Sri Lanka took to the streets on Tuesday as the country tackled a fuel price increase and a depletion of petrol and diesel.

Uproars have been initiated in several towns blocking off public transport including train services and disrupting travel to schools and offices, a senior police officer said.

On Monday, the biggest fuel price increase was put in place, raising diesel prices by 64 percent and petrol by 33 percent per liter.

Protesters were also demonstrating outside the president’s office for the eleventh successive day.

The protesters are urging the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is the president’s brother.

The economic situation in Sri Lanka has meant a lack of U.S. dollars, which has affected imports.

Last week the country halted the repayment of all foreign debts until further notice.

A Sri Lankan committee, led by Finance Minister, Ali Sabry, is meeting with representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington.