August 17, 2022

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Thousands of protesters have taken over the president’s residence in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

Thousands of protesters stormed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s official residence in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital Colombo this morning during an anti-government march.

The 22-million-person island is experiencing a severe foreign exchange shortage, which has limited essential imports of fuel, food, and medicine, plunging the country into the worst financial turmoil in seven decades.

After storming the president’s house, hundreds of protesters jumped into his swimming pool, while others roamed across the overlooking balcony.

On Friday, July 8, Rajapaksa is believed to have been removed from the official residence due to safety concerns.

Protesters blame Mr Rajapaksa for the country’s economic woes and have occupied the entrance to his office building for the past three months, calling on him to resign.

Hundreds of protesters ran into the president’s residence, chanting “Gota go home,” and referring to the president by his nickname. Barricades were thrown up outside the building.

Security guards attempted to stop protesters who broke through the fences and stormed the colonial-era parliament building, which has been converted into the president’s office.

In scuffles as protesters attempted to enter the residence, at least 34 people were injured, including two police officers. Protesters were targeted with tear gas by police.

According to hospital officials, two of the injured are in critical condition, while others have minor injuries.

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