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Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns, protesters torch leaders’ houses

May 10, 2022, 12:55PM ISTSource: TOI.in

In Sri Lanka’s worst day of violence in the current economic crisis… at least 5 people including a lawmaker from the ruling party died after protests turned bloody. PM Mahinda Rajapaksa finally stepped down weeks after unrelenting protests seeking his ouster. Loyalists of the Rajapaksa family attacked protesters who were camping outside President’s office in Colombo. This led to large scale violence in Sri Lanka. Protesters hit back and set the buses on fire, destroying the memorial built for the parents of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Protestors also set ablaze their family home in Hambantota. The houses of three former ministers and two MPs were also torched. Protesters want president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down. Sri Lanka is now under curfew. The army has been deployed in Colombo. Sri Lanka has been facing a shortage of essentials, like food, fuel, medicines and power for weeks. The violence may deepen the crisis in the island nation.

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