Protesters in Sri Lanka storm President’s residence

Protesters in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, have managed to break into the presidential residence in the country, calling on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

Many videos from coming national media in Sri Lanka as well as social media posts have shown protesters flooding the nation’s capital Colombo.

The footage have shown protesters fleeing in attempts to evade tear gas, and getting in clashes with the riot police.

Online media has also shown what has been reported as 100,000 protesters barging into Rajapaksa’s residence, calling for his resignation due to his mishandling of the worst economic crisis the country has ever seen.

CNN has reported that President Rajapaksa was not in the palace during the break-in, and had been transferred elsewhere.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, has also agreed to resign in light of the currently ongoing mass protests.

His office tweeted that the Prime Minister “So as to ensure safety of the citizens, he is agreeable to this recommendation by the opposition party leaders.”

Wickremesinghe also had his residence, known as the Temple Tree, broken into by protesters, as shown on many videos coming from both state media and online sources.

Sri Lanka, a week ago, had announced that it had just about enough fuel to last the country for less than a day.

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