Protesters can be seen roaming in the compound, inspecting luxury vehicles standing at compound, jumping on beds, taking shower bath and jumping in swimming pools.
Colombo: Thousands of demonstrations who stormed Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s house on Saturday have claimed that they found millions of rupees from there. The protesters, however, have handed over the confiscated money to security forces.
According to unverified videos on social media, protesters can be seen counting money which they claimed to found at President’s property. The protesters, who were barged inside the resident, are still there.
In another video on social media, they can be seen showing high security bunker at the President palace. They can still be seen roaming in the compound, inspecting luxury vehicles standing at compound, jumping on beds, taking shower bath and jumping in swimming pools.
Sri Lanka President Rajapaksha had on Saturday escaped from his home. If reports to believe, Rajapaksa’s whereabouts are still not known. The protestors had stormed into the house of Rajapasksa. They gathered to demand Rajapaksa’s resignation, the police resorted to firing tear gas shells, leading to the protest turning violent. Following this, President Rajapaksa asked speaker to resign from his post on July 13.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, too, announced to step down once all-party government readies to take over the charge. Hours after Wickeremesinghe’s announcement to step down from the post of Sri Lanka Prime Minister, his house was also set ablaze by angry protesters on Saturday evening. As per the reports, hundreds of protesters barged into the PM’s house, destroyed it from inside, looted the belongings and set it on fire.
Wickremesinghe has reportedly told other party leaders that he is taking the decision to step down in view of the fact that nationwide fuel distribution is due to recommence this week, the World Food Programme Director is due to visit the country this week and the debt sustainability report for the IMF is due to be finalised shortly. And if amid these the protests continue, it may cause hurdles in the efforts.
The incident came on a day Sri Lanka lifted a curfew on Saturday which was already being defied by thousands of people ahead of a mass rally to demand resignation of both Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe.