The Sri Lankan embassy in Sri Lanka says that there is unrest today among the Sri Lankan workers who have lost their jobs due to the corona epidemic and are stranded in Jordan. The bomber struck shortly afternoon in front of police recruiting centre at Jordan’s Alkhara Camelway industrial area. Jordanian riot police show a video posted by one worker on Facebook.
A large number of Sri Lankans who lost their jobs due to the corona epidemic are staying in detention camps in Jordan intending to return to Sri Lanka. The Jordanian government is not paying attention to the welfare of those who suddenly lost their jobs. With no money, food or necessities, their hopes seem to be dashed and the Sri Lankan government, which is avoiding bringing them back, is focused on the August 5 general election.
Jordanian police say tear gas was fired after one state official was placed under house arrest by state protesters
However, embassy sources said that no official or Sri Lankan employee was harmed.
Mangala Randeniya, Deputy General Manager of the Bureau of Foreign Employment and Bureau Spokesman said that a tear gas attack was carried out to control the situation caused by the misconduct of Sri Lankan workers. He says workers have a misconception about embassy officials because they have been trapped in their hostels for more than five months after losing their jobs due to the epidemic.
However, the situation is under control and the Bureau of Foreign Employment will take steps to repatriate Sri Lankan workers who lost their jobs as soon as possible, the official said.
Some workers who issued statements from time to time on social media called for their repatriation to Sri Lanka. Protesting Sri Lankan migrant workers say they have not been paid for five months and receive only two meals a day. Therefore, they request the Government of Sri Lanka to bring them back to the island as soon as possible.