How the Residences of Sri Lanka’s President and Prime Minister Became a Tourist Spot for Protesters


A day after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wickremesinghe announced his resignation, the country’s agitators have turned their Colombo residences into tourist hotspots. Enraged protesters after taking full control of the residence are relaxing – strolling on the balconies, relaxing in the bedrooms, dining in the kitchen and bathing in the pool.

According to reports, neither Rajapaksa nor Wickremesinghe were in their residences when the buildings were attacked and now protesters are taking advantage of their property saying it is time to end corruption in the country. People inside the president’s house can be seen taking selfies with expensive cars in the backdrop.

“We showed our displeasure by waving the flag saying that the system they have maintained for 74 years is repressive of our people, of our rights. They were oppressive of the people. They just hung on to power using the forces military, which is why “our sign was the black flag indicating the descent to the government. Young people are against this system,” a protester told ANI news agency.

Dramatic footage from outside the residence of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakse on Saturday showed a sea of ​​protesters bursting into the compound, pulling down police cordons, bathing in the swimming pool and walking around in his kitchen and his house.

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Earlier, with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s demand for resignation, they broke into the President’s house, demolished the security cordons placed by the police, bathed in the pool and wandered around his kitchen and house. .

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan protesters also broke into the private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and set it on fire, angered by the unprecedented economic crisis.

Police used water cannons to arrest enraged protesters. Police also fired tear gas at the protesters, but despite this they entered PM’s house and set the house on fire.

Meanwhile, Colombo City Council (CMC) firefighters said they were informed that the Prime Minister’s private residence in Colombo had been set on fire and his crews were unable to reach the scene due to the unrest, according to the Daily Mirror.

Wickremesinghe, who was appointed Prime Minister in May, announced that he would step down from his post in order to ensure the continuity of government and the security of all citizens. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also agreed to step down on Wednesday.


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