VIDEO: Protestors climb gates of Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s residence in Colombo

Protestors outside PM residence in Colombo

Protestors outside PM residence in Colombo

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Colombo: Shortly after Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed the acting President of the island nation, protestors barged into Wickremesinghe’s house in Colombo. Visuals showed protestors trying to enter the PM’s residence and demanding that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe should step down.
A state of emergency was declared across Sri Lanka as protestors reached Wickremesinghe’s residence. Police and security forces formed a human chain and fired tear gas shells on the crowd. Even as Wickremesinghe orderd to arrest those who take to undemocratic means to raise their voice, visuals from the area showed protestors helping the security personnel and even offering them water.

“We want the PM to resign because as per our constitution if the President resigns, the PM becomes the acting President. People want both of them to leave. Police took action by tear gas shelling. Army troops moved in,” a former advisor to the Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs ministry was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

As reported earlier, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was slated to resign on Wednesday, left the country and landed in the Maldives. The Sri Lankan Air Force as well as PM’s office confirmed the development, even as Parliament Speaker Yapa Abeywardena said that he is yet to receive a letter of resignation from Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Meanwhile, as protestors entered the national broadcaster’s office, Sri Lanka’s national TV channel Rupavahini Corporation went off-air and suspended its telecasts amid its premises being surrounded by protesters in Colombo – Sri Lankan media reported.