Sri Lanka Crisis: Sri Lanka Declares Emergency, Protestors Take Over PM’s Home, Force Channel to Suspend Telecast
Following months of sizable rallies against an economic crisis, Sri Lanka’s president traveled to the Maldives on Wednesday, prompting hundreds of protesters to swarm the prime minister’s office. On July 13, the Speaker of the House of Representatives announced that former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been named the country’s acting president. The official issued the statement on Wednesday, just after the former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa left the country and is said to have sought refuge in the Maldives. The Sri Lankan prime minister’s office was the target of massive protests that erupted in Colombo, the country’s capital, once more. In extraordinary images, police officers in riot gear were seen using tear gas to disperse a large crowd of demonstrators close to Wickremesinghe’s office.
Sri Lanka Crisis: Maldives Foreign Ministry denies commenting on Rajapaksa’s presence
On Wednesday, the Maldives’ foreign ministry declined to comment on the entry of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the embattled president of Sri Lanka, along with his wife and two security personnel, into the nation on a military jet that took off from Colombo’s main international airport. After months of demonstrations against his government’s economic mismanagement, which has resulted in chronic shortages of food, petrol, and other necessities, Rajapaksa, 73, flew out of the country hours before he was scheduled to formally quit on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka Crisis: Lankan National TV Channel suspends broadcast
According to sources, demonstrators broke into the Rupavahini Corporation’s Colombo headquarters, forcing the national television station to halt broadcasting.
Sri Lanka Crisis: US Embassy In Sri Lanka Cancels Consular Services For 2 Days
Amid the worsening political unrest and economic crises in Sri Lanka, the US Embassy in Colombo on Wednesday decided to suspend its consular services for the ensuing two days.
For months, anger has been building over Sri Lanka’s severe economic situation, with many placing the blame directly on the Rajapaksa family, who currently hold power. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was forced to evacuate under military protection last week when hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered outside his home and forced him to leave before they overran the house and barged into his neighboring office. As word spread that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had fled to the Maldives, protesters flocked to the streets of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, demanding his resignation. Water cannons were used by security forces to scatter the throng.