Sri Lanka has outlawed protests over Colombo’s garbage crisis following rallies over the city’s waste disposal after a landslide at a giant rubbish tip killed 32 people and destroyed 145 homes.

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President Maithripala Sirisena announced that anyone preventing city authorities from disposing of garbage could be prosecuted and face an indefinite period in jail, his office said Friday.

“Any person who by word or deed causes a disruption of garbage disposal will be guilty of an offence,” the presidential order stated.

Armed with new powers, garbage collectors Friday began clearing the trash that has been piling up on Colombo’s streets for a week since the city’s main tip — a 300-foot (90-metre) rubbish mountain — collapsed on homes.

Authorities were forced to dispose of garbage at alternative locations but that had triggered angry protests by residents who blocked trucks from dumping rubbish.