People Explore Sri Lanka Presidential Palace Day After Storming

Members of the Sri Lankan public explored the presidential palace in Colombo on July 10, local media reported, one day after the official residence was stormed by protesters.

This footage, published by local outlet Roar Media, shows people streaming through the halls of the palace. People are seen lying in a bed, cleaning up trash, and playing a piano.

Protesters entered the Presidential residence in Colombo on July 9, following months-long protests and calls for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign amid a growing economic crisis in the country.

Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, the speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, said in a televised statement on Saturday that the president had resigned but intended to stay in office until July 13 to ensure a smooth transfer of power. Credit: Roar Media/Iman Saleem via Storyful