ECONOMYNEXT – A group of people gathered outside Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence has broken in and set the place on fire, the Prime Minister’s office said.
Protestors had gathered outside Wickremesinghe’s residence on 5th Lane, Colombo, demanding his resignation, hours after hundreds of protestors stormed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s official residence demanding his resignation.
“Protesters have broken into the private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and have set it on fire,” a statement from the PM’s office said Saturday July 09 evening.
Earlier in the evening, a group of journalists covering the protest were brutally assaulted by police personnel, which Wickremesinghe expressed his regret over.
Sri Lanka PM regrets assault on journos, police chief to take action
Protesters have attacked and set on fire the private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. #Lka pic.twitter.com/YlaLpTJQ4V
— Manjula Basnayake (@BasnayakeM) July 9, 2022
It is unclear at present who carried out the arson attack. (Colombo/Jul09/2022)