Protesters In Sri Lanka Storm President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Residence
Thousands of protesters have stormed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence in the capital of Sri Lanka.
Demonstrators from all over the country marched to Colombo demanding his resignation after months of protests over mismanagement of the country’s economic crisis.
Reports say he has already been moved to a safer location.
The country is suffering rampant inflation and is struggling to import food, fuel and medicine.
Thousands of anti-government protesters travelled to the capital, with officials telling AFP news agency that some had even “commandeered” trains to get there.
They swarmed into Colombo’s government district, shouting slogans such as “Gota go home!” and breaking through several police barricades to reach President Rajapaksa’s house.
Police fired shots in the air and used tear gas to try to prevent angry crowds from overrunning the residence, but were unable to stop some of the crowd from entering.
“The president was escorted to safety,” a senior defence source told AFP. “He is still the president, he is being protected by a military unit.”