Protesters in Sri Lanka storm

Protesters in Sri Lanka storm the president's house, economic collapse
Protesters in Sri Lanka storm the president’s house, economic collapse

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Sri Lanka —Protesters in Sri Lanka storm the president’s house, economic collapse, thousands of protesters in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital Colombo stormed the president’s official residence and his secretariat on Saturday during months of mounting public anger over the country’s worst economic crisis in seven class.

Some protesters, who were carrying Sri Lankan flags and helmets, were shown storming the president’s residence, a video clip from local TV news channel NewsFirst showed on Saturday.

Video footage from local TV channel NewsFirst showed that some protesters, who were carrying Sri Lankan flags and helmets, stormed the president’s residence.

Television footage showed that thousands of protesters also stormed the sea-facing doors of the presidential secretariat, which had been the site of a protest sit-in for months, and entered the building.

Soldiers and police at both locations were unable to rein in the crowd, as they chanted slogans calling on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down.

Soldiers and police at both locations were unable to rein in the crowd, as they chanted slogans calling on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down.

Two defense ministry sources said President Rajapaksa was removed from his official residence on Friday for his own safety ahead of the weekend’s rally.

The statement said that he also asked the Speaker of Parliament to summon Parliament.

A government source told Reuters that Wickremesinghe had also been taken to a safe location.

A Facebook live broadcast from inside the president’s home showed hundreds of protesters, some wearing flags, gathering in rooms and corridors, chanting slogans against Rajapaksa.

On Saturday, his office said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called an emergency meeting of party leaders to discuss the situation and find a quick solution.

The statement said that he also asked the Speaker of Parliament to summon Parliament.

A government source told Reuters that Wickremesinghe had also been taken to a safe location.

Hundreds of people swarmed around the grounds outside the whitewashed colonial-era building. No security official has appeared.

Medical sources told Reuters that at least 21 people, including two policemen, were injured and taken to hospital in the ongoing protests.

economic collapse

The island of 22 million people is struggling with a severe foreign exchange shortage that has curbed essential imports of fuel, food and medicine, plunging it into its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.

The crisis comes after the Covid-19 virus hit the tourism-dependent economy and reduced the remittances of workers abroad, and was exacerbated by the accumulation of huge government debts, high oil prices, and the ban on importing chemical fertilizers last year, which destroyed it. Agriculture.

Many blame the country’s decline on President Rajapaksa.

Largely peaceful protests since March have demanded his resignation.

A Reuters witness said thousands of people flocked to the government district in Colombo, chanting anti-president slogans and dismantling several police barriers to reach Rajapaksa’s home.

The witness said that the police fired shots in the air, but were unable to prevent the angry crowd from surrounding the presidential residence.

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