Protesters Storm Sri Lankan Prime Minister's Office

Protesters stormed the office of the Sri Lankan prime minister in Colombo on Wednesday, July 13, the Daily Mirror reported.

Footage posted by Kanishka Jeewantha showed protesters inside the complex, waving the Sri Lankan national flag and chanting. Further footage shows crowds gathered outside the office before they enter the building.

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

On July 13, 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.

The Daily Mirror reported that Wickremesinghe had been appointed as the country’s acting president by Rajapaksa.

On Saturday, Wickremesinghe had announced his resignation, saying he would leave office once a new government was in place. Credit: Kanishka Jeewantha via Storyful

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