Sri Lankans stock up as curfew briefly lifted

STORY: Hundreds of people thronged the main bus station as soon as the indefinite curfew was lifted at 7 a.m. (0130 GMT) seeking to return to their hometowns to ride out the curfew and the uncertainties. The curfew was reimposed at 2 p.m (0830 GMT).

“By the time I queue up for fuel and manage to get any petrol, the curfew will be imposed – I don’t have enough time to do my job. I will have to go home without money,” said an auto rickshaw driver, Nimal Jayantha.

The island nation, battling its worst economic crisis since independence, was gripped by violence earlier this week after supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the president's elder brother, attacked an anti-government protest camp in the commercial capital Colombo on Monday (May 9).

Later on Thursday leaders of political parties were due to meet after the prime minister quit and went into hiding and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa warned of anarchy.

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