Sri Lanka Guards With ‘Military-Grade Weapons’ Enforce Digital ID QR Codes To Pump Gas

Sri Lanka is forcing civilians to show digital ID QR codes to pump gas. And they are enforcing the whole initiative with armed soldiers who appear to be holding AK-47 rifles.

To get this access to rationed fuel, Sri Lanka’s new president Ranil Wickremesinghe is enforcing a program that requires individuals to apply for an assigned QR code.

Only civilians who are in compliance with the country’s fuel quota policies will be given a code. And each individual who applies is checked against their unique National Identity Card Numbers.

Strict enforcement of this program starts on August 1st according to a press release from Kanchana Wijesekera, the country’s Minister of Power and Energy. And is expected to last for the next year.

“After initial technical issues, FuelPass QR system was successfuly [sic] tested today. Pilot project will continue before going national next week,” Wijesekera wrote on Twitter.

“Last Digit Number plate Fuel Quota will ease the fuel lines in the next few days with distribution speeding up islandwide,” he added.

Moreover, per the press release: “Divisional secretaries will be given access to the platform to register generators, gardening equipment & other equipment that requires fuel.”

“Police Department and Divisional secretaries will be given access to register three wheelers, allocating each three wheeler to one specific fuel station,” it added.

Counter Signal reported that Sri Lankans will have to “take turns to get fuel based on the last digit of their vehicle registration numbers” Tourists and foreigners, however, will be given priority over residents in the largest city in Sri Lanka – Colombo.

Deployed guards with “military-grade weapons” are manning gas stations to prevent “non-essential vehicles” from purchasing gas.

According to The Gateway Pundit, Wickremesinghe, who is a member and “Agenda Contributor” of the World Economic Forum, warned back in May that Sri Lanka had run out of fuel.

He then went on to advise that the country should expect severe hardships in the coming months. Noting “we only have petrol stocks for a single day.”

“The next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives. I have no desire to hide the truth and to lie to the public. Although these facts are unpleasant and terrifying, this is the true situation,” wrote Wickremesinghe on Twitter.

Also in May, authorities closed schools and told public officials not to come to work because of the fuel shortage. Just a month later Sri Lankan soldiers opened fire in multiple situations where mobs formed around gas stations.

“The military fired warning shots to douse a tense situation at a filling station in the Meegahathenna area in Kalutara yesterday, the police said,” the Daily Mirror reported. “Tension erupted after a person tried to break a petrol line. The military personnel on duty opened fire into the air to disperse the crowd.”

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