Sri Lankan security forces have been ordered to shoot law-breakers on sight in a bid to quell anti-government protests on the island.
Demonstrators are calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the island’s worst economic crisis in history.
On Monday, his brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, stepped down as prime minister amid violent street clashes.
But the resignation failed to bring calm and violence continued overnight.
The government ordered troops to open fire on anyone looting public property or causing harm to life.
Despite their presence, the city’s top police officer was assaulted on Tuesday afternoon by a mob accusing him of not doing enough to protect peaceful protesters.
At Colombo’s Galle Face Green, on the sea front, crowds also continued to gather.
Police say eight people have died and the capital’s main hospital says more than 200 people have been wounded since Monday.

Credit: BBC

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