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Sri Lanka Keeps Emergency Rule as Crackdown Starts on Protesters

  • Parliament on Wednesday voted to maintain curbs for a month
  • Critics say move stacks more power to the executive president
Anti-government demonstrators protest near the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 25.

Anti-government demonstrators protest near the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 25.

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Sri Lanka is keeping in place emergency rule orders set out by President Ranil Wickremesinghe while police have arrested at least three organizers of the street protests that forced out his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Parliament on Wednesday voted to approve and keep in place for a month the measures that allow the army and police sweeping powers to question, detain and arrest people.