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Canada  expresses deep concern on the situation in Sri Lanka

Canada says it is deeply concerned about the deteriorating economic situation and civil unrest in Sri Lanka.

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly said that it is essential that the right to peaceful protest be respected.

“We stand in solidarity with the peoples of the island during these difficult times,” she tweeted.

Multiple countries, including Canada, have issued travel warnings for Sri Lanka as a result of ongoing protests.

Canada noted that on April 1, 2022, the President declared a nationwide state of emergency following protests in Colombo. 

The state of emergency will give local authorities the power to arrest individuals without a warrant. Further protests are planned in Colombo and across the country in the coming days. Curfews may be imposed on short notice, particularly in Colombo.

Canadians have been told  to expect a heightened security presence, monitor local media to stay informed on the evolving situation, avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place and follow the instructions of local authorities.

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