– Deteriorating situation uncontrollable: President Gotbaya reportedly fled on a Navy ship or plane just before the ‘strike’
– Thousands of protesters occupy presidential residence, mob burns PM’s house, more than 4 injured in violent protests: Gotbaya to resign on Wednesday, clear the way for an all-party government,
– Protesters crowd outside the stadium during the Sri Lanka-Australia match at Galle Stadium: Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Jayasuriya also join the protest
Colombo: The situation in Sri Lanka is getting worse by the day. The situation in Sri Lanka, which is facing a severe economic crisis, has become extremely uncontrollable. Thousands of protesters stormed and occupied the residence of President Gotbaya Rajapaksa on Saturday morning. However, following a tip-off that the protesters would strike at any moment, President Gotbaya vacated his residence a day earlier and left for an undisclosed location. Protesters, on the other hand, marched towards the PM’s house after besieging the President’s residence. With Prime Minister Vikramasinghe showing readiness to resign, the way has been paved for an all-party government. Late in the evening, however, the mob set fire to the PM’s house.
Crowds in Sri Lanka’s economic woes stormed his residence on Saturday, demanding the resignation of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Protesters chanted anti-government slogans, including ‘Go Gotbaya’ and jumped into the swimming pool at the presidential residence while some had breakfast in the kitchen. Some protesters fell asleep in the bedroom. The protesters also carried out heavy sabotage here.
In the midst of this uproar, a video of the Sri Lankan Navy has gone viral, in which three people are putting suitcases on a ship. According to local media, the suitcase belongs to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. They have already fled to an unknown location as they have been informed in advance of the ‘strike’ of the protesters. Saturday’s demonstrations are the largest ever in Sri Lankan history. In addition to the capital Colombo, protesters took to the streets in cities including Gaul, Kandy and Matara.
On the other hand, there was a violent clash between Sri Lanka police and protesters during the rally, injuring more than 3 people. Ruling party leaders called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation as it was getting out of control. With no political solution to Sri Lanka’s current economic crisis, Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced his resignation as Prime Minister. Vikramasanghe was appointed prime minister in May to push the Sri Lankan economy out of bankruptcy.
Demands for the resignation of President Gotbaya have intensified, with him announcing his resignation on Wednesday. Earlier on May 11, the then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had to part with his family. Even then, agitated mobs surrounded his government residence in Colombo and set it on fire late in the evening.
Earlier, the police had used a force to stop the protesters from moving towards Prime Minister Ranil Vikramasinghe’s house. He fired tear gas shells at the crowd and sprayed water on them. Meanwhile, officials assigned to the PM’s security stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. The mob then set fire to the Prime Minister’s House. Along with Colombo, the crowd demonstrated outside the Galle Stadium during the match between Sri Lanka and Australia. Former Sri Lankan cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahila Jayawardene also joined the protesters.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called an emergency meeting on Saturday in the absence of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. In this meeting, the ruling party MPs agreed to resign both the President and the Prime Minister and to appoint a caretaker President for a maximum of 90 days. In addition, the lawmakers agreed to appoint an interim all-party government in the next few days and hold early elections.
“I am proposing to the President to form an all-party government,” Ranil Wickremesinghe said. The country has problems like fuel and food shortages. A meeting is to be held with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), so a separate government should be formed immediately after the resignation of this government. It is inappropriate to lead a country by administration alone without a government.