Sri Lanka Protesters Storm Presidential Palace

Thousands of Sri Lankan protesters stormed into President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s official residence in Colombo, breaking through police barricades on Saturday amid public anger over the country’s economic crisis.

Sri Lankan demonstrators marched to Rajapaksa’s official residence in Colombo, demanding his resignation after months of protests over the country’s economic crisis, including rampant inflation and importation of food, fuel, and medicine.

Protestors swim in the pool at the Sri Lankan Presidential Residence

Rajapaksa left his official residence on Friday and relocated to a safer location ahead of the protests. 

Police used tear gas and fired shots into the air to keep angry crowds from overrunning Rajapaksa’s Colombo residence but were unable to stop them from entering.

Protesters reportedly shouted slogans such as, “Gota go home!” and broke through several police barricades to reach Rajapaksa’s residence.

At least 39 people, including two police officers, were hurt in the demonstration and are currently under treatment at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

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