Hundreds of soldiers set out Friday night, local time, against the main protest camp in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
This action occurred just a day after the Sri Lanka National Assembly elected Ranil Wickremesinghe as the new president. The demonstrators had previously announced that they would not accept these elections.
Earlier in July Then President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled from the country as a result of the gathering of thousands of demonstrators around his house. A few hours later, protesters allegedly set fire to the home of the then prime minister, who has now been elected president.
It is said that it is the first time in Sri Lankan history that a president has resigned, According to the island.
Protesters have set up tents after more than 100 days of protests outside the president’s office and on the streets of Colombo.
According to an AFP correspondent, the soldiers began to demolish the tents and beat the unarmed protesters. This was reported by NTB.
The demonstrators staged several peaceful demonstrations.
Sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president
On Thursday morning, President Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the new head of state.
In recent months, Sri Lanka has been marked by a lot of turmoil in the wake of the worst economic crisis in 70 years. One of the first things he did after taking the oath was to warn protesters who had gathered in Colombo, according to him Tamil Guardian:
Wickremesinghe said if you try to overturn power, and you hold the office of president or prime minister, you will be dealt with according to the law.
– He added: We will not let a minority of the demonstrators persecute a silent majority that wants to change the political system.
Usually the country’s electors elect the president, but this time it was the National Assembly of 225 elected politicians that elected the president. This is because it is the responsibility of the National Assembly to appoint a new president if the incumbent resigns in the middle of his term, according to the NTB.
Wasanta Mudalji, a student union leader, addressed the masses on Wednesday:
– Ranil is not our boss. Medlej said the people’s mandate is in the streets.
The protests are largely led by young citizens who claim that the Rajapaksa family is largely responsible for the crisis facing the country. The New York Times wrote that the past two decades have been so Rajapaksa family who ruled the country’s politics.
“Ranil has been elected as the defense chief for the Rajapaksa family,” one protester added. Al Jazeera Thursday.
Sri Lanka is characterized by hyperinflation and lack of basic commodities such as food, Medicines and fuel.
Wickremesinghe declared a state of emergency earlier this week in an effort to stem the general unrest that has characterized the country for several weeks.
– It is an attempt to intimidate the protesters, said one of the protest leaders, Reverend Father Gywantha Pires, The island.
Some protesters are said to have referred to Wickremesinghe as more cunning than former President Rajapaksa, and used crisis conditions as an example.
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