Sri Lankan protesters plan to occupy the president and prime minister until they leave their homes


People visit the president’s house the day after the demonstrators enter the building after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled during the economic crisis in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 10, 2022. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters)

Colombo-Sri Lankan protest leaders have expelled the president and prime minister from their official residence, but said on Sunday that they would occupy the building until they resign.

“The president has resigned, the prime minister has resigned, and the government has to resign,” said playwright Rwansee de. Chikkala said.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are due to resign, parliamentarians said on Saturday after a protest day when demonstrators attacked the president’s official residence and fired at the Prime Minister’s house in Colombo. He said he had succumbed.