Anti-Government Protestors March Past Police in Colombo

Demonstrations against the government of Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, sparked by ongoing economin hardship, continued in Colombo on Saturday, July 9, as Rajapaksa faced calls from within his party that he should step down.

Footage from Fabian de Alwis Gunasekare shows a crowd of protesters, some carrying the Sri Lankan flag, marching past a police vehicle and a line or officers in riot gear.

Soon after this video was posted, groups of protestors stormed the president’s residence and office in Colombo, after which Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offered his resignation “to ensure the continuation of the Government including the safety of all citizens,” and called for the formation of an “All-Party Government.”

According to Reuters, Rajapaksa left the residence on Friday ahead of the unrest. Credit: Fabian de Alwis Gunasekare via Storyful

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