Sri Lanka has demanded the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Violence did not stop when his brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday.
Protesters in Sri Lanka have set fire to several buildings belonging to the ruling party and MPs after clashes with government supporters.
Earlier in the day, protesters vandalized and set fire to the country’s museum, Rajapaksa’s ancestral home and other places.
At least five people were killed and 190 injured in the violence.
In addition, during the protests outside the capital Colombo, the protesters surrounded the car of a ruling party parliament (MP) when the MP first fired at the protesters, then fired at themselves. The name of the MP who committed suicide is Amarakirti Athukorala, Sri Lankan police said.
Protesters set fire to a car outside Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official residence.
Law enforcement failed to quell the protesters. Protesters tried to vandalize the official residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa while he was there.
Authorities have decided to continue the curfew until Wednesday morning in a bid to quell the violence.
Sri Lanka is facing the biggest financial crisis since independence. Opposition parties have blamed the ruling party for the tragedy. Opponents allege that Sri Lanka is in debt due to mismanagement of the economy.
According to local media reports, in a special meeting last Friday, President Gotabaya requested Prime Minister Mahinda to resign to resolve the political crisis in the country. Then Mahinda resigned yesterday. After his resignation, observers expect President Gotabaya to invite all political parties in parliament to form an all-party cabinet.
Yesterday, in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, a group of supporters of the ruling party started chanting slogans urging Mahinda not to resign. Then they had a meeting with Mahinda. After the meeting, they marched and attacked anti-government protesters in front of the president’s office. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the attackers.