Over 100K Protesters Strom at Sri Lanka Presidential Palace | PM Plans to Resign

Sri Lanka presidential palace protest: Police using water cannon to disperse protesters.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday said he was then willing to resign and make way for an all-party government to take over shortly when over 100 thousand protesters broke into the presidential palace.

“To ensure the continuation of the Government including the safety of all citizens I accept the best recommendation of the Party Leaders today, to make way for an All-Party Government,” Wickremesinghe wrote on Twitter.

“To facilitate this I will resign as Prime Minister.”

His statement came after a meeting of party leaders, held by Sri Lanka’s parliament speaker, agreed to ask both the president and prime minister to resign per an “overwhelming request,” Sri Lankan lawmaker Rauff Hakeem tweeted about this on the same day.

As of now, Wickremesinghe has not yet submitted his resignation letter to the President.

Anger reached unprecedented levels in the South Asian nation of 22 million on Saturday, as more than 100,000 people massed outside Rajapaksa’s residence, on-demand for his resignation.

Videos on Sri Lankan television and social media showed the protesters breaking into President’s House, Rajapaksa’s office and residence in the commercial capital after breaking through security cordons by police.

Images show demonstrators inside the building and hanging banners from the balcony, and swimming in the residence’s pool.

Sri Lanka presidential palace protest images

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Sri Lanka presidential palace protest: Police using water cannon to disperse protesters. [Image source-CNN]
Sri Lanka presidential palace protest: Police using water cannon to disperse protesters.
Sri Lanka presidential palace protest: Police fired tear gas at the protesters [Image source-CNN]
Sri Lanka presidential palace protest: Protesters carrying an injured man [Image source-CNN]
Sri Lanka presidential palace protest: Protesters are inside the president’s house [Image source-CNN]
Sri Lanka presidential palace protest: Protesters are inside the President’s house [Image source-CNN]
Sri Lanka presidential palace protest: Protesters swimming in the pool at the President’s house [Image source-CNN]


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