Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed that the political crisis in Sri Lanka could result in a “bloodbath”, as turmoil continues for control of the prime minister’s office.
Speaking to the AFP, Wickremesinghe said though he will “be calling on our people not to resort to violence," the crisis in the south could deepen and become more violent.
“You don't know what arises in a situation like this.” he said. “A few desperate people can start off a bloodbath."
His comments come following a shooting last week, which left at least one person dead, after a protest against a government minister led to security forces firing at a crowd of demonstrators.
Several governments have also issued travel warnings to their citizens as violence has flared up amidst the turmoil as both Wickremesinghe and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa tussle for the prime minister’s office.
See more from Wickremesinghe speaking to AFP here.