The United States is closely monitoring political developments in Sri Lanka and urging restraint on all sides: In the midst of the ongoing political imbroglio in Sri Lanka and the power vacuum created by the resignations of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghethe United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka released a statement on Sunday that the United States is “closely monitoring” political developments in Sri Lanka. “The United States is closely monitoring political developments in Sri Lanka. This is a fragile moment, we call for restraint on all sides. All parties must cooperate for a democratic transition of power. We condemn the violence against peaceful protesters and journalists,” said the United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka.Also Read – Sri Lankan opposition meets to name new government amid political unrest
Protesters refuse to move
Meanwhile, protesters from Sri Lanka on Sunday refused to scale down their protests and leave the residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa which they had stormed on Saturday following which Gotabaya Rajapaksa was forced to flee with the navy and announce his resignation. “Our struggle is not over,” student leader Lahiru Weerasekara told reporters the day after Rajapaksa, currently sheltering on a ship offshore, announced that he would step down on Wednesday. Also to be read – Videos: Playing Carrom Board, sleeping on sofas to prepare dinner; Protesters turn Sri Lankan PM’s home into ‘picnic spot’
Saturday witnessed dramatic events as mass protests across the island nation have been unfolding for months, raging through the unprecedented economic crisis for which Rajapaksa and his family are blamed by the people of Sri Lanka. Read also – Crisis in Sri Lanka: Protesters refuse to leave the residence of Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Protesters storm the residence of Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Thousands of demonstrators demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had forced their way into his official residence and his neighboring office on Saturday. Agitators were demonstrating in the capital against the island nation’s worst economic crisis in recent memory.
Protesters set fire to Ranil Wickremesinghe’s house
Angry protesters stormed into the private residence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and set it on fire. In videos shared on social media, protesters were seen damaging vehicles belonging to the prime minister. “Protesters broke into the private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and set it on fire,” the office of the Prime Minister of Lanka said in a statement.