Thousands of protesters broke police barricades in Colombo and stormed President Rajapaksa’s official residence in one of the biggest anti-government marches in the troubled country this year.
In the scenes, protesters holding Sri Lankan flags and helmets were seen breaking into the President’s residence, breaking the security cordon set up by the police, taking a dip in the swimming pool and crying in his kitchen and home.
Jayasuriya, 53, said he always stood by the people of Sri Lanka and added that people would soon celebrate the victory.
He tweeted along with the pictures, “I always stand with the people of Sri Lanka. And will celebrate the victory soon. This should be continued without any violations.”
In another tweet, the cricketer said, “Siege is over. Your stronghold has fallen. Argalaya and Jan Shakti has won. Please have the dignity to resign now! #GoHomeGota.”
Apart from Jayasuriya, his former teammates Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have also been vocal against Rajapaksa and extended their support to the movement. Sangakkara took to his official Twitter account to post a video of the Sri Lankan protest to express support, a post which was also retweeted by Jayawardene.
Sharing the video, Sangakkara captioned the post, “This is for our future.”
Jayawardene tweeted, “As a country we have changed direction and nothing can change what people have said!! #GoHomeGota #Peoplepower.”
Notably, Rajapaksa, who has been facing calls for resignation since March, has been using the Rashtrapati Bhavan as his residence and office as protesters came to occupy the entrance to his office in early April. Were. According to reports, Gotabaya had vacated the premises even before the protests started in Colombo.
Meanwhile, at least 30 people, including two police officers, were injured and admitted to the national hospital in the capital during the ongoing protests.
The island of 22 million people is struggling under a severe foreign exchange crunch that has limited essential imports of fuel, food and medicine, plunging it into its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.
Amidst all the turmoil, Sri Lanka is hosting the Australia cricket team in a multi-format series. On Saturday, thousands of angry Sri Lankan players surrounded the Galle Cricket Stadium, where the second Test match was being played, to attract the attention of the world. With deafening and relentless chants, protesters reached the top of the 500-year-old fort overlooking the land, while others surrounded the seaside site. However, the drama continued as usual on the second day.
The entire tour, first limited overs matches and then the second Test, took place against a backdrop of significant social unrest and deteriorating economic conditions, which have not affected the game but have gone unnoticed by the Aussies. However, the tourists also promised to play and did the same again on the second day of the second Test.
Sri Lanka, which recently hosted the Indian women’s team in a white-ball series, is set to host the Asia Cup 2022 next month. While Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed that it is ready to host the tournament starting August 27, only time will tell whether the country can host the Asian cricket event.
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