STORY: The site, which has been occupied for 118 days, became the center for nationwide protests that forced the powerful Rajapaksa political dynasty to concede power.
Protesters chanted “victory for the struggle” as police officers entered the site on Friday, repeating orders for them to leave.
“For the moment we are leaving this camp to continue the struggle which took place throughout the country. That is all. That’s why the struggle will not end.,” said 26-year-old protester Gayan Madushanka.
Angered by persistent shortages of essentials, including fuel and medicines, and sky-rocketing inflation of over 60% year-on-year, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in early July, forcing former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to first flee the country and then quit office.