Mar 31, Colombo: Thousands of Sri Lankans weary of power cuts and shortages of all essentials converged near the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s private residence in Mirihana this evening and protested demanding the President to ‘go home’ and solutions to the many crises in the country.
Roads leading to President’s house were blocked and the Special Task Force (STF) and riot squads have been deployed to beef up security in Mirihana as the protestors demanded the resignation of the President and his Rajapaksa family government.
Strict roadblocks and police protection were in place to prevent protesters from breaking into the President’s house.
It has been reported that tear gas and water cannons have been fired at people protesting on the road leading to the President’s House a short while ago today (31).
Thousands of people were seen holding placards saying ‘Gota Go Home’ and chanting slogans along the roads leading to the President’s residence.
Earlier this afternoon, people gathered near the Jubilee Post Junction and staged a protest at the entrance to the President’s residence in Mirihana, Pangiriwatta, blocking the road. The police and the army were seen on premises attempting to control the situation. The Nugegoda-Maharagama highway was completely blocked due to the protest.
The President was reportedly not at home at the time of the incident. The protest which started at around 7.30 pm today is still continuing.
The masses have launched the protest late evening today against the rising cost of living, gas and fuel shortages and the 13- hour long power cuts that is affecting small businesses as well as the public.