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Mahinda Rajapaksa flees to naval base: Mahinda Rajapaksa: Protesters wanted to ‘burn down’ Sri Lankan PM’s house, Army saved lives naval base

Mahinda Rajapaksa flees to naval base: Mahinda Rajapaksa: Protesters wanted to ‘burn down’ Sri Lankan PM’s house, Army saved lives naval base
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Mahinda Rajapaksa flees to naval base: Mahinda Rajapaksa: Protesters wanted to ‘burn down’ Sri Lankan PM’s house, Army saved lives naval base

Colombo: Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his entire family have been hiding at the Navy’s Trincomalee naval base amid heavy military security. Earlier on Monday, thousands of protesters surrounded the Sri Lankan prime minister’s official residence and hurled several petrol bombs inside it. Not only this, the protesters burnt the vehicles parked outside the house. To remove the protesters, the security personnel had to open fire from inside the PM’s residence. On Tuesday morning, the Sri Lankan army, armed with heavy weapons, somehow pulled out Mahinda Rajapaksa from his house.

Sources told NDTV that in the midst of violent protests in Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa has been taken with the help of a helicopter to Trincomalee, a naval base in the northeastern region of the country. On the other hand, now the protesters have also reached the naval base which is at a distance of 270 km from the capital Colombo. Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa government has deployed thousands of soldiers and police and imposed a curfew. Around 200 people have been injured and 5 people have died in the violence that broke out after the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa. It also includes an MP from the ruling party.
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Even after the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the anger of the people has not calmed down and protests are going on demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa was somehow pulled out of his official residence by the army among thousands of protesters early in the morning. During this, the police kept firing in the air and kept firing tear gas shells. “At least 10 petrol bombs were thrown inside the PM’s residence,” AFP quoted a top security official as saying.
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Since the independence of Sri Lanka in 1948, the country is facing the biggest economic crisis ever. The Rajapaksa family is being held responsible for this. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants the people of Sri Lanka to find a solution to the crisis in their country through dialogue. His deputy spokesperson Farhan Haque gave this information. “We are encouraging all Sri Lankan stakeholders to find solutions to the current challenges through dialogue and taking into account the interests of the country and the people,” Haque said.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa tendered his resignation to his brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Clashes between supporters of the Rajapaksa family and their opponents and police’s efforts to quell the protests have led to an atmosphere of chaos in the country. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has announced a curfew in the island nation. “We are also concerned about the recent violence against peaceful protesters, and we respect democratic rights, including freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, along with calm and restraint,” Haq said.

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