Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankans Lament Death of Protest Movement Under Government ‘Witch Hunt’

The socialist government of Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe charged student protesters on Monday with violating the “Prevention of Terrorism Act” by holding a peaceful march, the latest in a string of actions supporters of the nation’s anti-government protest movement say are a “witch hunt” against legitimate complaints against corruption and incompetence.

Sri Lankan police officers wearing riot gear detain a protester during the Inter University Students Federation protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on August 18, 2022. The IUSF organized an anti government protest march demanding the release of protesters who are currently in remand custody, abolishment of the Executive Presidency, …

Sri Lanka’s Envoy to Beijing: Blaming Chinese Debt Traps for Sri Lanka’s Collapse ‘Propaganda’

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to China Palitha Kohona told the Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times in an interview published on Monday that anyone blaming Beijing’s predatory loans for Sri Lanka’s economic disaster was spreading “convenient propaganda” and calling China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) a “debt trap” is a “gross exaggeration.”

People are protesting against rising living costs, amid the countrys economic crisis, in Colombo on June 27, 2022.

‘My Children Are Miserable’: Malnutrition Soars in Socialist Sri Lanka

The seemingly ceaseless economic crisis that has left most of Sri Lanka with no food, fuel, medicine, or basic goods and has severely compromised the nation’s power supply has prompted a growing wave of child malnutrition, the BBC observed in a report on Monday citing mothers in the country desperate to keep their children nourished.

In this picture taken on April 21, 2022, a child lies in a bed while his mother sits beside in Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo. - Sri Lanka used to import around 85 percent of its pharmaceutical supplies but is suffering its worst economic crisis since 1948. (Photo …

China Offers Sri Lanka Economic Aid After Destroying Its Domestic Industries

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday said he would ask China for foreign aid again, after Beijing turned down a proposed $1.5 billion currency swap. China was a major contributor to Sri Lanka’s economic implosion, having destroyed some of the island’s key industries and bankrolled its corrupt socialist government with loans that could never be repaid.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses for media before his meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, January 9, 2022. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

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 …