The abrupt departure of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka early Wednesday did little to quell the ire of protesters who’ve been filling the streets of the capital, Colombo, for months demanding his resignation.
Undeterred by tear fuel, the scorching solar and a army helicopter hovering overhead, the crowds continued to swell Wednesday, bolstered by arrivals from throughout the nation. Protesters marched from the president’s workplace and later within the day, stormed the workplace of the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Riot cops carrying rifles and sporting fuel masks stood guard however didn’t interact the throngs of protesters, which included households with younger youngsters.
Many Sri Lankans digesting the information that the president had fled to the Maldives appeared to relish witnessing a monumental day within the nation’s historical past, the end result of monthslong protests over the nation’s leaders driving its economic system into abject disaster.
Protesters additionally demanded that Mr. Wickremesinghe, the prime minister, step down, chanting: “We don’t need the robber Ranil, the financial institution thief, the deal thief!” His workplace introduced he would function appearing president in Mr. Rajapaksa’s absence.
Wednesday, July 13
Police fired tear fuel at protesters earlier than protesters overran the prime minister’s workplace.
Protesters serving to one another rinse off tear fuel.
Protesters celebrated contained in the prime minister’s workplace after taking it over.
Members of the military guarding a room contained in the prime minister’s workplace.
Protesters cheering contained in the prime minister’s workplace.
Tuesday, July 12
Individuals taking pictures exterior the President’s Secretariat.
Graffiti on a wall close to the president’s home exhibiting messages from the protest motion demanding reforms.
Individuals stood in line to enter the prime minister’s residence after protesters took it over.
Graffiti saying “Open to all” on the wall of the prime minister’s residence.
Individuals took selfies contained in the prime minister’s residence.
A person performed the piano within the prime minister’s residence.
Individuals taking pictures contained in the prime minister’s residence.
Individuals in line to enter the president’s home after protesters overran it.