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Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo in March 2021.

Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo in March 2021.

Photographer: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

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Sri Lanka’s new President Ranil Wickremesinghe called in the military to maintain “public order” and troops began dismantling a key protest site near the presidential office early Friday, leading to tense scenes with demonstrators. 

The oceanfront Galle Face camp was swarmed by hundreds of soldiers and police officials who detained some protesters and tore down the makeshift tents. A nationwide emergency, that allows military and police sweeping powers to arrest and detain people, remains in place.