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Sri Lankan military to shoot anyone 'looting public property or causing harm to others'

The Defence Ministry has ordered Sri Lankan military forces to shoot anyone 'looting public property or causing harm to others'.

Protests across the South of the country turned violent yesterday as Pro-government supporters of the Rajapaksa regime and Anti-government protestors clashed. 

As many as 8 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after a bloody day of violence in Sri Lanka, which saw homes of parliamentarians torched and mobs roaming across the Sinhala south.

The violence began as regime supporters gathered at Temple Trees, the official residence of the Sri Lankan prime minister, to listen to Mahinda Rajapaksa deliver an address. After he spoke, pro-government crowds attacked protestors outside the residence, before marching to Galle Face and further assaulting protestors there. As opposition leader Sajith Premadasa arrived at Galle Face, he was also attacked by mobs.

Read more at Newswire

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