Sri Lankans in Sydney watch the country’s turmoil with hope and concern

Shelton Pieris had flights to return to Sri Lanka on Sunday to see friends and family for the first time since the pandemic broke out.

But as the worst economic crisis in the country deepened in 20 years he was forced to postpone the trip.

“The main thing is, if there’s no fuel then we can’t travel anywhere,” Mr Pieris said, referring to fuel shortages that are detrimental to the country and have made major travel impossible.

Instead of preparing to fly to Colombo, he followed the dramatic events over the weekend from Sydney with anti-government demonstrators storming the presidential palace, forcing the Prime Minister and President to offer to resign. .