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Sri Lanka Moves to Protect Power Supply From Protest Threat

  • President Rajapaksa issued decree to avoid electricity outages
  • Unions concerned over power sector competition, wind projects
A Sri Lankan security personnel kicks a burning tire thrown by demonstrators to block a road during a protest in Colombo on June 7.
A Sri Lankan security personnel kicks a burning tire thrown by demonstrators to block a road during a protest in Colombo on June 7.Photographer: AFP/Getty Images
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued a decree to avoid further disruption to electricity supplies after workers at a state-run utility threatened to strike. 

Rajapaksa took action late Wednesday to make the supply of electricity, and other power-related services for institutions like hospitals, an essential public service, after engineering unions at the state-run utility gave notice of planned industrial action.