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COLOMBO (News 1st); Large group of people have set up a check point on the road leading to the Katunayake Airport.According to reports from the ground, they are trying to prevent ruling faction loyalists from fleeing the country.Tensions boiled over, after peaceful protests in Colombo were attacked by pro-government loyalists, that eventually forced the Prime Minister to condemn the violence and also step down.The Criminal Investigations Department has been tasked to conduct an investigation on the attack on peaceful protestors at GotaGoGama protest site in Galle Face, said Police Headquarters on Tuesday (10).7 people have died and 231 people were injured in yesterday’s (9) clashes.A normal Monday morning turned in to a scene of chaos, after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by Ex-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, where he announced he is willing to make any sacrifice for the people.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island wide curfew to control the unrest.On Friday, the Sri Lankan President after a special cabinet meeting declared a state of emergency.

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