Protesters Head Toward Prime Minister's Office in Colombo

Crowds were seen marching towards the Sri Lankan prime minister’s residence in Colombo, after a curfew was announced for the capital and surrounding province on July 13.

The latest protest came after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had fled the country to the Maldives on a military jet with his wife and two security officials, News First reported.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe imposed an emergency law island-wide and ordered security forces to arrest those acting in a “riotous manner,” according to the Daily Mirror

Rajapaksa had said he would step down on July 13 after weeks of protests sparked by economic turmoil.

On Saturday, Wickremesinghe announced his resignation, saying he would leave office once a new government was in place.

Footage posted by Nisal de Silva shows crowds walking through central Colombo, heading in the direction towards the prime minister’s residence. Credit: Nisal de Silva via Storyful

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