Sri Lankan Lawmaker commits suicide after killing protester

May 10, 2022

A lawmaker from Sri Lanka’s ruling party, Amarakeerthi Athukorala, shot dead an anti-government protester and then took his own life during a protest outside the capital, police said Monday.

4 died and nearly 150 people were wounded on Monday after supporters of the government armed with sticks and clubs attacked peaceful protesters.

Angry mobs have stormed the houses and properties of several politicians across the country despite a state of emergency and police curfew.

Mobs attacked the controversial Rajapaksa museum in the family’s ancestral village in the island’s south and razed it to the ground, police said. Two wax statues of the Rajapaksa parents were flattened.

A tourist hotel owned by a close associate of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s children was also set ablaze, along with a Lamborghini car parked inside. There were no casualties among foreign guests, police said.

Note: Sri Lanka’s prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned following weeks of protests demanding that he and his brother, the country’s president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa step down for dragging the nation into its worst economic crisis in decades.