Sri Lanka president warns of racial tensions amid economic crisis

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By Uditha Jayasinghe and Alasdair Pal COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s president urged people on Wednesday to reject what he called attempts to foment racial and religious disharmony, as clashes broke out in many parts of the country over the government’s handling of a devastating economic crisis. Violent street protests killed eight people this week and even the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elder brother as prime minister and a curfew have failed to douse public anger. The government has ordered troops to shoot at anyone damaging public property or threatening lives. Sri Lanka…

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