Sri Lanka Crisis: President Flees As Protestors Break Into His Home

OB Bureau

New Delhi: Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his official residence in Colombo on Saturday moments before thousands of protesters broke through police barricades and stormed the compound.

Local TV NewsFirst showed video footage from the protest where people can be seen holding Sri Lankan flags and helmets, India Today reported.

A top defence source told AFP that the president was escorted to a safe location. Demonstrators from across the country arrived in buses, trains and trucks in Colombo earlier on Saturday to express outrage over the government’s failure to protect them from economic ruin. Protesters shouted “Gota go home,” using a common shortened version of the president’s name.

According to Reuters, at least 21 people, including two police, were injured and hospitalised in the protests.

Sri Lanka is going through one of the worst economic crises that the country has seen. Many blame the country’s decline on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Protests since March have demanded the president’s resignation.

OB Bureau

Recent Posts

Justice BR Sarangi Appointed Acting CJ Of Orissa HC

New Delhi: President Droupadi Murmu has appointed Justice Bidyut Ranjan Sarangi as the Acting Chief…

September 30, 2023

NLCIL Signs Power Purchase Agreement With GRIDCO-Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The NLC India Limited (NLCIL) under the Ministry of Coal has signed a Power…

September 29, 2023

Havildar Among 6 Persons Arrested For Ganja Smuggling In Odisha’s Balangir

Balangir: Police have arrested six persons including a Havildar in connection with ganja smuggling in…

September 29, 2023

Fact Check: Was Canada PM Justin Trudeau’s Plane To India Full Of Cocaine?

New Delhi: Diplomatic relations between India and Canada nosedived ever since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke…

September 29, 2023

Police Clamp Restriction On Musical Nites After 10 PM During Dussehra In Berhampur

Berhampur: With 17 days remaining for Dussehra festival, police have issued a set of guidelines…

September 29, 2023

Ratlam’s Risky Rides And The Struggle For Safe Commute To Remote Villages In MP

S R Pareek Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh): The sight of women from the Bhil community sitting…

September 29, 2023

Odisha Brahmins Take Up Their Problems With President Droupadi Murmu

Bhubaneswar: A delegation of Brahmins from Odisha submitted a memorandum highlighting the problems faced by…

September 29, 2023

SOA Presents Certificates To Agriculture Students Of Previous Years

Bhubaneswar: Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) Deemed to be University organised a special graduation ceremony at…

September 29, 2023