Sri Lanka Crisis: US Ambassador to Colombo Julie Chun expressed deep concern about the action taken by Sri Lankan security personnel against protesters at Galle Face in the middle of the night. Chun took to Twitter and urged the authorities to exercise restraint and provide immediate medical care to the injured.
Ambassador Chung tweeted on Friday, “Very concerned about the action taken against protesters in Galle Face at midnight. We urge the authorities to exercise restraint and provide immediate medical attention to the injured.”
A large number of protesters present outside the Presidential Secretariat complex in Colombo clashed with armed security personnel. Armed troops were deployed outside the premises of the President’s Secretariat to control the protests against the new President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Police broke the tents of the protesters
Protesters allege that security personnel raided an anti-government picketing camp in the capital early on Friday. Armed security personnel vandalized protesters’ tents outside the President’s Secretariat complex.
Amidst the armed forces action, a protester said, “Ranil Wickremesinghe wants to destroy us, he is doing it again, but we will never give up. We want to make our country free from such disgusting politics. ,
Wickremesinghe became the new President of the country
Wickremesinghe took oath as the President of Sri Lanka on Thursday before Chief Justice Jayanta Jayasuriya in Parliament. He was elected President in the elections held in Parliament on Wednesday. During Wednesday’s vote following the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the presidency last week amid severe economic turmoil in the country, Wickremesinghe got 134 votes.
After thousands of angry protesters stormed the President’s official residence in Colombo last week, former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country to the Maldives and then went to Singapore. Rajapaksa had offered to resign after fleeing the country.
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Sri Lanka Crisis: Dinesh Gunawardene became the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, President Ranil Wickremesinghe administered the oath to his cabinet