A Quebec resident who lives in Sri Lanka explains the crisis to you

For several months now, the people of Sri Lanka have been protesting against the economic crisis raging in their country. A Quebecer, who has lived in this country for a little over a year, explains the conflict to you.

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“There is an ongoing crisis, first and foremost financial. The country has not had US dollars for a while due to mismanagement by the established political parties. Technology development entrepreneur Guillaume Bleu explained that there is also COVID which means there are fewer tourists.

After more than 100 days of demonstrations to oust President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office, he vowed on Saturday to resign. The country’s gasoline shortage was the straw that broke the camel’s back, according to the Quebec newspaper.

He testified that “the crisis has turned into an oil crisis, so people line up for several kilometers and sleep in their cars for a few days to get some fuel.”

Sri Lanka also experiences daily power outages, making people more dependent on oil that does not exist.

“There can be blackouts until 1 pm. It is worse during the dry season, because the hydroelectric dams are not operating at full capacity. And so they depend on oil which is absent. We, in the house, have a solar panel,” Mr. Blue said. And batteries to make up for it.”

See his full interview above.

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