Sri Lanka: Mob Storms President’s House as Country Runs Out of Food, Gasoline

Hundreds of protesters – reportedly armed with clubs, iron rods, stones, and other rudimentary weapons – attempted to storm President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s house in the Mirihana district of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Thursday night, demanding his government address the chronic shortages of fuel, food, medicine, and electricity the country is experiencing.

Demonstrators throw rocks during a clash with riot police as people demonstrate outside Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's home to call for his stepping down as the country's unprecedented economic crisis worsened in Colombo, on March 31, 2022. - The protest trying to storm the home of Sri Lankan President …

Gasoline Led Prices Slightly Higher in January

The consumer price index climbed three-tenths of a percentage point in January, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That was the fastest pace of inflation in five months. But most of that can be attributed to higher gasoline prices, which rose by 7.4 percent in January. Outside of fuel, price increases were tame or nonexistent.

MILL VALLEY, CA - MARCH 03: A customer pumps gasoline into his car at an Arco gas station on March 3, 2015 in Mill Valley, California. U.S. gas prices have surged an average of 39 cents in the past 35 days as a result of the price of crude oil …