The leader of the country had to flee after the storming of his residence
There were riots in Sri Lanka. Local residents rebelled against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and broke into the territory of his residence, as a result of which the country's leader was forced to flee.
According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), a large number of people broke through barricades set up by law enforcement officers in the Colombo Fort area to get to the entrance to the President's House. After the breakthrough, dozens of protesters entered the residence.
According to reports, the police had to use tear gas to disperse aggressive citizens, but in vain. In addition, it is known that at least three dozen people were injured in the crowd as a result of the protest.
It should be recalled that Sri Lanka faced a powerful economic crisis. Residents of the country staged mass riots at the end of May due to problems with the economy, a significant rise in fuel prices and rising prices for the most necessary products. The protesters blocked the entrance to the president's office for almost a month, after which the state government officially declared a state of emergency.
The economic crisis in Sri Lanka was provoked by a shortage of foreign currency, because the flow of tourists was limited in the country by the coronavirus pandemic. After blocking the main income, the government was unable to purchase enough fuel, as a result of which the state defaulted.