Sri Lanka Updates: A spectacular video has emerged showing protesters jumping into the pool of the Presidential Palace in Colombo, only a day after the dramatic images from the home of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaked, showing a legion of demonstrators surging into the grounds Sri Lanka.
Many clips of protesters who stormed the President’s house have been doing the rounds on social media but in this clip, protesters are seen jumping in and out and enjoying taking a dip in the pool at the Presidential palace in the Sri Lankan capital.
Thousands of angry anti-government demonstrators attacked President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s home in downtown Colombo’s high-security Fort district on Saturday after allegedly fleeing the scene. They demanded his resignation amid the country’s greatest economic crisis and broke down the barricades.
Notably, on Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters smashed into the Presidential Palace in Colombo’s Janadhipathi Mawatha. Images showed protesters crashing through police barriers that were preventing access to Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s home. Protesters were demonstrating against Rajapaksa for worsening the nation’s financial situation after breaking into the President’s official house.
THE PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS.
After holding an emergency meeting where he announced his resignation to make way for an all-party government in an effort to stabilise the situation in the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe watched as protesters gathered outside the Presidential palace and eventually broke into it despite high security.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister, posted on Twitter on Saturday “I accept the best advice made today by the Party Leaders that we make way for an All-Party Government in order to assure the continuation of the Government, including the safety of all citizens. I will step down as prime minister to make this easier.”
ON JULY 13, PRESIDENT RAJAPAKSA WILL STEP DOWN.
The President reportedly left his home on Friday amid protests. Since demonstrators have occupied both his official apartment and office, it is uncertain where he is.
According to Sri Lankan media, Gotabaya Rajapaksa informed Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Speaker of the House, that he would step down as President on July 13. As the nation’s interim PM, Speaker Abeywardana will assume command.