Sri Lanka’s beleaguered President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his official residence in Colombo Saturday, a prime protection supply advised AFP, earlier than protesters gathered to demand his resignation entered the compound.
“The president was escorted to safety,” the supply mentioned, including that troops fired within the air to forestall indignant crowds from overrunning the President’s Palace.
Sirasa TV, a non-public broadcaster, confirmed crowds coming into the as soon as tightly-guarded residence.
Sri Lanka has suffered via months of meals and gasoline shortages, prolonged blackouts and galloping inflation after working out of international forex to import very important items.
Huge crowds had poured into the capital for the demonstration, the most recent expression of unrest sparked by the island nation’s unprecedented financial disaster.
Police had withdrawn a curfew order issued on Friday after opposition events, rights activists and the bar affiliation threatened to sue the police chief.
Thousands of anti-government protesters ignored the stay-home order and even pressured railway authorities to function trains to take them to Colombo for Saturday’s rally, officers mentioned.
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