Watch video: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees after protestors storm residence

The news of his flee came shortly after the Sri Lankan police fired tear gas at protestors on Saturday, July 9, in the largest anti-government marches

AgenciesUpdated: Saturday, July 09, 2022, 02:56 PM IST
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Sri Lanka prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees as protesters surround residence | Photo: AFP

The president of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled his residence as the protestors surrounded his residence in Colombo.

The news of his flee came shortly after the Sri Lankan police fired tear gas at protestors on Saturday, July 9, in the largest anti-government marches in the crisis-hit country this year.

Demonstartors in thousands entered Colombo on Saturday to express their outrage over the government's failure to protect them from economic ruin, reports stated.

The island country of 22 million population had been reeling under a severe economic crisis and has limited essential imports of fuel, food, medicine and this turmoil has been dubbed one of the worst in seven decades.

Images and videos of the protestors entering the President's house have emerged on social media.

In the clashes, seven persons, including two policemen, were injured. The demonstrators also clashed with the railway authorities at provincial towns of Galle, Kandy and Matara as the demonstrators forced authorities to operate trains to Colombo. Large contingents of police, special task force, and the Army had been deployed around the area.

SJB MP Rajitha Senaratne was also attacked by the infuriated protestors who had taken to streets.

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