Security employees armed with batons began eliminating barricades installed by protesters blockading the primary gate of the Presidential Secretariat that they’d partly overrun in advance this month.
- COLOMBO: Hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers and police raided the primary anti-government protest camp in the capital early Friday and began tearing down tents of unarmed activists, an AFP reporter stated.
They swooped in on the protesters blockading the Presidential Secretariat in the capital hours before demonstrators had been because of vacating the area. Security employees armed with batons began eliminating barricades set up through protesters blockading the primary gate of the Presidential Secretariat that they’d partly overrun earlier this month.
- Activists had introduced they planned to vacate the place by Friday afternoon after a cabinet was sworn in by new the president, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Witnesses saw infantrymen surrounding the sea-front workplace and eliminating numerous temporary structures set up withinside the place to offer logistics for lots of anti-government protesters since April.
- Security forces used loud hailers, asking some hundred protesters to drag back and confine themselves to a chosen place close to the secretariat. Several activists have been seized by troops who smashed tents set up alongside the primary road leading to the presidential workplace.
- Supporters of the #GoHomeGota campaign pressing president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down had taken over the place after taking pictures of Rajapaksa’s palace on July 9, forcing him to escape and ultimately resign.
- After Rajapaksa stepped down, prime minister Wickremesinghe took over the management briefly till he was shown as the new president in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday.
- Wickremesinghe had vowed difficult action in opposition to the protesters and warned that occupying state buildings had been illegal and they might be evicted unless they left on their own. He had additionally made a difference between non-violent protesters and “rioters” and stated there might be no room for troublemakers.
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A power outage withinside the Sri Lankan Parliament complex stopped the stay broadcast of President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s swearing-in ceremony, forcing the government to release an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Department into the incident, a media file stated on Thursday.
The swearing-in ceremony of Wickramasinghe as the eighth Executive President was scheduled to be telecast live by state-run Rupavahini and broadcast concurrently through different tv channels.
However, the live broadcast stopped after the President entered the Parliament complex at the red carpet, the file added. It was later stated that the stay broadcast was stopped because of a power outage withinside the Parliament complex.