Protesters swim in fleeing president’s pool (VIDEOS)

Mobs stormed Sri Lanka’s presidential palace, serving to themselves to meals from the disgraced chief’s kitchen

A crowd of protesters who compelled their means into Sri Lanka’s presidential palace on Saturday raided the compound’s kitchen and swam in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s personal pool. Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have each introduced their resignation amid mass unrest.

Round 100,000 persons are believed to have surrounded the president’s residence in Colombo on Saturday, and native sources instructed reporters that Rajapaksa had been “escorted to security” at an unknown location by troopers. When safety forces failed to carry again the mob exterior the compound, droves of demonstrators compelled their means into the president’s residence.

Video footage shared on social media confirmed dozens of the protesters raiding cabinets in Rajapaksa’s kitchen and cooking no matter meals they discovered. 

Others made their approach to the president’s quarters, snapping selfies on a mattress and rummaging by means of drawers. Demonstrators assembled in rooms close to the kitchen seemed to be behaving themselves, with one man seen sweeping up after the group had handed by means of.

Outdoors, a big group of protesters stripped off their shirts and dived into Rajapaksa’s swimming pool.

Sri Lanka has been in a state of unrest for a number of months, with meals and gasoline in brief provide and costs skyrocketing. The nation defaulted on its overseas debt in Might for the primary time in its historical past. Gas rationing was launched earlier this month, and armed police and troops have change into a typical sight at petrol stations.

The disaster has been attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic, which disadvantaged the island nation of important tourism income. Nevertheless, Rajapaksa’s authorities elevated spending, reduce taxes, and printed money to pay overseas bonds, driving inflation upwards.

Rajapaksa introduced afterward Saturday that he’ll go away workplace, efficient subsequent week. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe introduced his personal resignation hours earlier, however the announcement didn’t deter protesters from setting his residence on hearth, after riot police unsuccessfully tried to discourage the group with tear gasoline. 

A number of dozen folks had been reported injured throughout Saturday’s protests in Colombo.