Thousands of anti-government protesters stormed into Sri Lanka PM's office in Flower Road. Men and women breached military defences and entered the premier's office to raise national flags. Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency on July 13 as thousands of people mobbed the PM's office after the country's president flew to the Maldives following months of widespread protests against an economic crisis.
Sri Lanka's embattled president was stuck in his own country on July 12th in a humiliating standoff with airport immigration staff blocking his exit to safety abroad. Rajapaksa, who is due to officially resign on July 13 after months of demonstrations calling for him to step down, was reportedly trying to escape to Dubai on July 12th night. The 73-year-old leader fled his official residence in Colombo just before tens of thousands of protesters overran it on July 9. Gotabaya had promised to resign and clear the way for a "peaceful transition of power" following widespread protests against him over the country's unprecedented economic crisis.
The anti-government protesters in Sri Lanka who took over President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's official residence have claimed to have recovered millions of rupees inside his mansion. A video is being shared on social media showing the protesters counting the currency notes. The recovered money was said to be handed over to the security units, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported.
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was escorted to safety shortly before protesters, angered by an unprecedented economic crisis, stormed and overran the compound of his official residence. Huge crowds had surrounded the leader's home to demand his resignation. As protesters surged at the gates of the President's Palace, troops guarding the compound fired in the air to hold back the tide until Rajapaksa was safely removed.
In a dramatic turn of events, #RanilWickremesinghe was appointed the 26th PM of #SriLanka by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on May 12. Wickremesinghe, 73, has been PM 5 times before but his United National Party now has just one MP in the 225-member parliament. #SriLankaCrisis
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on April 5 revoked the state of Emergency with immediate effect on his island nation. On April 1, President Rajapaksa has declared a public emergency amidst a spate of protests over the worst economic crisis in the country. Despite public anger Sri Lanka President will not be resigning, the government's whip has told parliament. The declaration defies calls from the public and political opponents for Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down amid the country's economic crisis.
At least 45 people were arrested and a curfew briefly imposed in most parts of Colombo city after hundreds of protesters gathered outside the residence of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa demanding his resignation for failing to address the worst economic crisis in the island nation. A foreign exchange crunch in Sri Lanka has led to a shortage of essential goods such as fuel,cooking gas, and power cuts that last up to 13 hours a day.
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