Sri Lanka Crisis: Troops evacuate outgoing PM Rajapaksa amid violence

Heavily armed troops evacuated outgoing Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from his official residence in Colombo after thousands of protesters breached the main gate. Protesters who forced their way into the capital’s “Temple Trees” residence then attempted to storm the main building where Rajapaksa was holed up with his immediate family.

The ancestral home of the Rajapaksas in Hambantota has been set on fire by a group of anti-government protestors, hours after Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday in response to the mounting demand for his ouster as Sri Lanka’s prime minister. Video footage showed the entire house of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Medamulana in Hambantota city was burning away as protestors hooted away, the Daily Mirror reported.

Prime Minister Mahinda’s house in Kurunegala was also set on fire by protesters while a mob also destroyed D A Rajapaksa Memorial – constructed in the memory of the father of Mahinda and Gotabaya – in Medamulana, Hambantota. Earlier, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters attacked anti-government protesters at MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama protest sites in Colombo.

Several properties of ministers and lawmakers of the ruling coalition were destroyed by the protesters.

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