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the Chief of Defense rules out any military coup

Sri Lanka’s senior defense official on Wednesday (11 May) ruled out a military coup, despite the country’s political standoff and the deployment of thousands of troops to maintain order after two days of deadly clashes.

A curfew is in place across the country and troops are patrolling the streets with orders to shoot anyone attacking property or committing acts of violence on sight. Armored vehicles carrying soldiers circulate the streets of the capital Colombo and have raised fears of an imminent coup, shared on social networks.

When there is a dangerous situation in the country, the powers are given to the military to solve itKamal Gunaratne, the secretary of the Sri Lankan Defense Ministry, told reporters on Wednesday. “Never think that we are trying to take over. The military has no such intentions“He said. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who remained in office, enjoys extensive powers and command of the security forces.”The violence is provoked (by the authorities) to establish a military regime“, The opposition leader Sajith Premadasa had denounced shortly before on Twitter, and claimed that”Right state” is “maintained by the constitution and not by ARMS“.

Resignation of the former Prime Minister

Kamal Gunaratne, one of the main victorious 2009 commanders of the separatist rebels, the Tamil Tigers, explained that he had asked the military to enter to reinforce the police because of the “dangerousness of the situation“The population of the island is overwhelmed by months of severe shortages of food, fuel, medicine and power outages. Peaceful protests have been calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for weeks.

On Monday, supporters of the government, sent by the provinces to the capital Colombo and galvanized by his brother, the outgoing premier Mahinda Rajapaksa, set fire to the dust attacking the demonstrators. Kamal Gunaratne said the former prime minister, exfiltrated by the army from his besieged official residence Tuesday, was taken to a naval base in Trincomalee (northeast), where he was still on Wednesday. “We will keep it safe for as long as it takes.“He said.”But I hope he can leave the Trincomalee base in a few days.“.

President Rajapaksa has been confined to his well-guarded official residence as thousands of people have protested outside his seaside office since April 9 demanding his resignation. In 1962, a coup, fomented by some colonels against the then Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranaike, was foiled without a single blow.

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