Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s residence set on fire amid protests (video)

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister of Sri Lanka, had his residence set on fire.

This comes after a demonstration in front of the prime minister’s house.

The conflict between demonstrators and police outside Wickremesinghe’s home in Colombo, the nation’s capital, has gotten worse during the last hour.

The position of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who earlier abandoned his official house, is still unclear as the demonstrations continue.

Since then, enormous throngs of demonstrators have surrounded the building in Colombo, the nation’s capital, and demanded his resignation.

After crowds gathered outside the gates, Rajapaksa was led to safety and is now being guarded by a military squad, a top defense source told the AFP news agency.

However, speaking from Colombo to Newshour on the World Service,

Ranga Sirilal of the BBC noted that nobody is aware of the president’s whereabouts.

There are rumors that Rajapaksa is at the airport and that he is attempting to leave Sri Lanka “at any minute,” the speaker stated.

Other sources, on the other hand, state that the president is nearby Colombo Port because “two ships that moored at the port were spotted loading some traveling bags, implying that the president is going to leave.”

The demonstrators’ apparent refusal to leave the mansion until the president steps down and there is some political stability, Sirilal continued, looks more assured.

After months of demonstrations as the nation practically ran out of foreign money, there was an invasion of the president of Sri Lanka’s official mansion today.

As a result, necessities like food, gasoline, and medication have become more scarce.

The Sri Lankan government responded by stopping all fuel sales to the general public till Sunday. According to speculation, it is the first nation to do so since the 1970s.

The gasoline supply for vital services including buses, trains, and medical vehicles was reported to have less than a week’s worth of fuel last weekend, according to authorities.

The nation’s 22 million citizens have been asked to work from home, and schools have been shuttered.

The price of fuel and food has increased due to shortages. Currently, 30% inflation is being experienced.

Power outages have occurred, and the health system is on the edge of disintegrating due to a scarcity of medications.

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