On Jan. 6, 2017, Sri Lanka police officials announced that they would anticipate a protest against the motion to move forward negotiating a deal that allows China to rent a major seaport vital to Sri Lanka’s natives.
The inauguration for Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, is at the seaport where police officials anticipate the protest on Jan. 8, as the deal with China commences. The Prime Minister intends to announce the 99-year-old renewable lease at Hambantota Port, which entitles China to 80 percent of profits.
Despite China spending over $1.2 million on the deal, at least 13,000 people, including monks, are expected to engage in the protest. Those opposed to the deal leasing viable port space to China while the natives are struggling to keep their primary sources of food as nonindustrial areas are beginning to become apoplectic.
To maintain the safety of all the individuals present at the protest, Sri Lanka Police officials anticipate and are ready to face the worst case scenarios. Road blocks and curfews are currently in effect.
The Prime Minister firmly believes that the contract with China will strengthen the economic growth long-term. Acknowledging the people of Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister reassures the public that the port will always belong to the natives.
Written by Jhayla D. Walls
Edited by Cathy Milne
CNBC: Police Brace for Sri Lanka Rally Against Port Lease to China Image Courtesy of Overseas Development Institute’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License
Image Courtesy of Overseas Development Institute’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License