Security forces in Sri Lanka have been instructed to shoot on sight anybody caught looting or damaging public property.
The country witnessed a second night of arson attacks on Tuesday, with properties damaged near the capital city Colombo.
One mob torched a luxury holiday resort owned by the son of former Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka had already seen weeks of protests over its dire financial situation, which has caused the rupee to plunge, provoking severe food and fuel shortages.
On Monday night, frustration at the country’s economic crisis spilled over and mobs burned more than 50 houses belonging to politicians, reports say.
So far eight people have died and more than 200 are believed to have been injured in the clashes.
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