Colombo: Nationwide protests continue in Sri Lanka as the country continues to grapple with severe economic crisis. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya spoke about the crisis on the island nation and praised “big brother” India for its support.
‘We are very grateful to the Government of India and the Prime Minister’
Calling India “big brother”, Jayasuriya lauded the Indian government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for asking them to send help to the island nation as it grapples with its worst economic crisis since independence. “You know as a neighbor as always, the elder brother next to our country is helping us… We are very grateful to the Government of India and the Prime Minister (Modi). So, it is not too much for us to survive. It is easy at the moment… I hope things will change and with the help of India and other countries we are trying to come out of this situation.” India has supplied more than 270,000 metric tonnes of fuel to Sri Lanka so far to help ease the power crisis in the island country, which is facing acute power cuts.
Long queues up to 3-4 km for essential commodities: It has been really tough for the people of Sri Lanka
Terming the situation in Sri Lanka as “unfortunate”, Jayasuriya said the people of the country have been going through it for a few months now and it has come to a halt. “People cannot survive like this. So they started protesting because there is a shortage of fuel, a lack of gas, and sometimes there is no electricity for 10-12 hours. It has really been tough for the people of this country. That’s why people have started coming out and protesting,” Jayasuriya told ANI. The former cricketer cautioned that “it will be a disaster” if the situation is not addressed properly. Jayasuriya told that there are long queues up to 3-4 km for essential commodities like diesel, gas, milk powder etc.
Jayasuriya urged the people of his country to protest peacefully. He told ANI, “I want to say that protest peacefully, not violently. It is a protest of real people who come out and tell the government that they are suffering.”
The Sri Lankan rupee is falling sharply against the dollar and foreign debt is increasing. The Sri Lankan government’s income has also fallen sharply due to the decline in tourism, which has led to gas and fuel shortages, leading to massive power cuts.