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Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reportedly fled his official residence as protesters surrounded the house

Thousands of protesters stormed President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence in the capital as the president flees to a safer location in the country.

The Demonstrators are from all over the country, they marched to Colombo demanding his resignation after months of protests over the mismanagement of the country’s economic crisis.

The country is suffering rampant inflation and is struggling to import food, fuel, and medicine.

Thousands of anti-government protesters travelled in cars, vans, and buses to the capital, with officials telling AFP news agency that some had even “commandeered” trains to get there.

They swarmed into Colombo’s government district, shouting slogans against the president and breaking through several police barricades to reach President Rajapaska’s house, a witness told Reuters.

Police fired shots in the air to try and prevent angry crowds from overrunning the residence, but were unable to stop some of the crowd from entering.

Authorities had attempted to stop the demonstration from taking place by imposing a curfew on Friday night. But protesters were undeterred, and the curfew was lifted after civil society groups and opposition parties strongly objected to it.

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