Protesters stormed the office of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as police used tear gas on crowds.
A nationwide state of emergency has been declared by the Prime Minister’s Office and an exit bond has been set up in the Western Province of Sri Lanka.
The President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country after months of unrest culminated in protesters converging on the presidential palace. He has agreed to act.
In recent days, protesters have occupied several government buildings and demanded that their top leaders step down, showing their anger over a three-month economic crisis.
People flocked to the presidential palace – swimming in the poolamazement at the paintings and lounging on the beds piled high with pillows.
On Wednesday, groups could be seen scaling the wall and entering the office, while the crowd roared in support, cheering them on and waving the Sri Lankan flag.
The police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, but failed and more and more marched down the driveway and towards the office.
Bhasura Wickremesinghe, a 24-year-old student of maritime electrical engineering who came with friends, said the president who fled the country was an “addictive act”.
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“I’m not at the party. It makes no sense to celebrate. We have nothing in this country at the moment.”
Mr Rajapaksa left the country in a military jet on a trip to the Maldives with his wife and two bodyguards.
The Sri Lankan Parliamentary Speaker has said that President Rajapaksa has appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as Acting President, enabling him to carry out presidential responsibilities.
Protesters have promised to occupy the official buildings until the top leaders are gone.
Sri Lankan lawmakers voted to elect a new president next week, but are struggling to decide on the composition of a new government to lift the country’s bankruptcy from economic and political collapse.
The new president will serve the rest of Mr Rajapaksa’s term, which ends in 2024, and could possibly appoint a new prime minister, who will then have to be approved by parliament.
However, the promised redundancies did not put an end to the crisis.
At one point, protesters also burned down the prime minister’s private home.
The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has caused a serious shortage of food and fuel, leaving people waiting in line for hours to buy supplies.
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