1000’s of protesters in Sri Lanka’s industrial capital Colombo stormed the president’s official residence and his secretariat on Saturday (9 July) amid months of mounting public anger over the nation’s worst financial disaster in seven a long time.
Army personnel and police at each places had been unable to carry again the group, as they chanted slogans asking President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down.
He has requested the speaker to summon parliament, the assertion stated.
Protesters having fun with Sri Lanka’s absconding President’s swimming pool! No dictator ought to stay in phantasm that the ability is for ever, and when the top comes, it’s all the time violent and nasty. pic.twitter.com/T3ePbkA0gM
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) July 9, 2022
Lots of additionally milled about on the grounds exterior the colonial-era white-washed constructing. No safety officers had been seen.
The island of twenty-two million folks is struggling underneath a extreme international alternate scarcity that has restricted important imports of gas, meals and medication, plunging it into the worst financial disaster since independence in 1948.