Offices, factories and public transport across Sri Lanka were left empty and at a standstill on Friday as millions of public and private sector workers took part in a nationwide strike to protest the government’s mishandling of an ongoing financial crisis.
The strike was called by trade unions and civil organizations. Calls for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign have continued unabated.
Almost all public and privately run transport services were canceled. Over 3,000 factory workers from Sri Lanka’s main export processing zone also joined the strike.
“We can pinpoint the policy blunders of the president that led to this very sorry state of our economy,” said trade union leader Ravi Kumudesh. “He must go.”