Protesters enter the president’s residence, the prime minister offers to resign

Thousands of protesters surrounded the presidential secretariat on Saturday and entered the presidential residence in support of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation in the midst of the economic crisis in Sri Lanka. However, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had left the residence on Friday in the face of fear of protests.

Protesters celebrate after entering the Presidential Secretariat in the capital Colombo. (Photo: Reuters)

Colombo: Thousands of protesters in Sri Lanka stormed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s official residence on Saturday, removing barricades in the Fort’s high-security zone in central Colombo and demanding his resignation.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has offered to resign. Giving this information in a statement, the office of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has offered to resign from his post and is ready to pave the way for an all-party government.

Protesters are protesting against the government due to the country’s severe economic crisis.

Rajapaksa has been under increasing pressure to resign since March. He has been using the presidential residence as a residence and office since protesters occupied the entrance to his office in April.

People working at the presidential residence said that in the face of Saturday’s protest, President Rajapaksa had left the house the same Friday.

The AFP news agency quoted the Indian Express as saying that the incident of protesters entering the presidential residence came after news that the president fled the house came to the fore.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons and opened fire on protesters to disperse them, but protesters still broke down barriers and entered the presidential residence.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe convened an urgent meeting of political party leaders on Saturday to discuss the crisis created by public protests in the country.

A statement from the Wickremesinghe office said it had convened an urgent party meeting and called on the president to convene the session of Parliament immediately.

Protesters climbed the walls of the presidential residence and are inside. However, he did not damage any property or engage in any kind of violence.

A photo from inside the presidential residence. (Photo: Reuters)

Meanwhile, at least 30 people, including two policemen, were injured during the protests and have been admitted to Colombo National Hospital.

Protesters also clashed with railway authorities in the cities of Galle, Kandy and Matara and forced authorities to run trains to Colombo.

Large contingents of police, special equipment and the army have been deployed in the area.

Organizers of the “All over the Country in Colombo” movement said people were leaving the suburbs to join protesters at Colombo Fort.

Protesters said they would not back down until Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned.

Earlier, Sri Lankan police had lifted the seven-division curfew on Saturday after increasing pressure from major lawyers ’unions, human rights groups and political parties.

According to police, the curfew was imposed on seven police divisions in the western province, including Negombo, Kelaniya, Nugegoda, Mount Lavinia, North Colombo, South Colombo and Central Colombo. This curfew was implemented from 9 a.m. Friday until further notice.

The Sri Lankan Bar Association opposed the curfew, calling it illegal and a violation of fundamental rights.

“This curfew is clearly illegal and a violation of the fundamental rights of the people of our country,” the bar association said in a statement, protesting that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government they do not protect their fundamental rights. ‘

The Sri Lankan Commission on Human Rights has called the curfew a serious violation of human rights.

At the same time, former Sri Lankan cricketers such as Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya have openly spoken out in support of the protesters. Sharing a video of the rally on Twitter, Sangakkara wrote, “This is for our future.”

At the same time, Jayasuriya told the ANI news agency: “I am part of the protest and I am with the demand of the people. This demonstration has been going on for three months.

Significantly, Sri Lanka is currently facing a severe economic crisis. Protesters are calling for the resignation of President Rajapaksa along with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, as both have proved incapable of coping with the economic crisis.

It is known that in recent months there have been large-scale protests against the government that does not manage the indebted economy in Sri Lanka, a country with a population of 22 million. The country, with a population of 22 million, has been battling an unprecedented economic crisis since its independence from Britain in 1948.

In May, Mahinda Rajapaksa had to resign as prime minister after violent clashes over the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

Army personnel were deployed to the capital Colombo after supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked protesters in front of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office hours before his resignation. At least 138 people were injured in the attack.

Following this, Ranil Wickremesinghe, 73, was appointed the 26th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa amid the worst economic crisis in the country.

Meanwhile, citizen protests continued and on May 6, President Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency from midnight at a special cabinet meeting. This is the second time a state of emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka in almost a month. For now the emergency has been withdrawn.

(with input from the language of the news agency)

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