Demonstrators from Sri Lanka invaded the official residence of the Head of State in Colombo on Saturday 9 July to provoke his escape. They also took advantage of the places as evidenced by the videos.

It was a real human tide that swept the palace in Colombo, Sri Lanka, this Saturday, July 9, 2022. The demonstrators who invaded the official residence of the Head of State not only caused his escape, but also took advantage of the places and “decompressed”, while their country is in crisis. Between dips in the pool, selfies and naps on the president’s bed, the Sri Lankans had a blast.


Sri Lanka’s Yanukovych is currently having its fleets of luxury cars, swimming pool and bedroom looted by locals.

– Jay in Kiev (@JayinKyiv) July 9, 2022

Mind-boggling images

Stunning images were broadcast on social media showing the crowd walking around the building, and even some protesters diving into the pool or lying down with an amused air in the bedrooms of the residence.

Sri Lankan protesters were seen swimming in the president’s swimming pool after thousands of people stormed the presidential palace on Saturday demanding his resignation as the country faces a severe economic crisis.

—CBS News (@CBSNews) July 9, 2022

Protesters enjoy the swimming pool of the fleeing President of Sri Lanka! No dictator should remain under the illusion that power is forever, and when the end comes, he is always violent and evil.

– Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) July 9, 2022

“We are in Gotabaya’s room, here is the underwear she left behind,” said a young man, brandishing black underwear, in a live video widely shared on social networks. He left his shoes, “he jokes.

Shortly before, President Rajapaksa, in the hot seat for months, had time to escape and avoid the few hundred protesters who entered the presidential palace, a landmark building normally reserved for receptions but where he had moved in April after his private home had been stormed, he recalls The Telegram.

A festive atmosphere that contrasts sharply with the current context of the country. Earlier in the day, before the police invaded the building, they actually used tear gas and water cannons to repel the attackers. But some, by hijacking a police truck, managed to break through the checkpoints and climb over the high gates, he points out. TV5 world.

80% of the population is forced to skip meals

For months, due to repeated shortages of food, electricity, fuel and medicine, many Sri Lankans have been calling for the resignation of the president and several members of his ruling family. So they decided to take advantage of the kitchens of the presidential palace …

The contrast between the “castle life” and the life the protesters lead seems striking. “I was surprised to see that an air conditioner was working in his bathroom. While we are experiencing constant power outages,” he told the phone. AFP a man entered the palace.

The crisis, unprecedented since the independence in 1948 of this island of 22 million inhabitants, has been aggravated, according to economists, by a series of wrong political decisions, of which the presidential clan in power since 2005 is accused by the population. Not to mention the loss of tourism revenue following a jihadist attack in 2019 and the Covid-19 pandemic, he points out The voice of the north. The United Nations estimates that around 80% of the population is forced to skip meals.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he will step down next week, according to remarks reported by Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Abeywardana, details The world.

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