Crisis and revolt in Sri Lanka today

2:30pm Friday 2 September

About this session

Protests across Sri Lanka have forced hated Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign. Sri Lanka is in the grip of a severe economic and political crisis, which has resulted in electricity failures, fuel and food shortages, a state of emergency and the mass resignation of cabinet ministers. Since April widespread anti-government protests and a general strike have been met with police repression and attacks from Rajapaksa regime supporters.

While the key demands of the mass movement have been the resignation of the corrupt war criminal Rajapaksa family, the roots of the crisis run deeper than a single political dynasty. This session will explore the reemergence of revolutionary class struggle in Sri Lanka and the politics of the opposition to the Rajapaksa regime.