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Protesters demand for Sri Lankan president’s resignation enters its 50th day

By wasmulhaq 
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Colombo: The ongoing anti-government protest has been escalating after the resignation of the prime minister of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The protesters are not calming down. They are demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa amidst the worst possible economic crisis the nation has been facing at the moment. The protest has entered its 50th day.

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Organizers on Saturday said the day would be marked by more intense agitation marches with wider participation. Sri Lanka is near bankruptcy and has severe shortages of essential items such as food, fuel, medicine, cooking gas, toilet paper, and matchsticks. For months, people have been forced to stay in long lines to buy the limited supplies.

Despite the incessant demands from the protesters, the president is not ready to step down. Political unrest has taken place in Sri Lanka due to economic unrest.

“Go Rajapaksa”, the voice of the nation, has been marking the 50th day on Saturday. Police have used force to quell the protesters’ voices. But they are not ready to go back even a single inch.

The action against the government got underway on April 9 when protesters walked into the Galle Face promenade in central Colombo and camped there, blocking the entry gate to Rajapaksa’s presidential office.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa, his son Namal, and several seniors are still being quizzed about the violence.

At least two ruling parliamentarians have been remanded in custody for their role in the attack on peaceful protesters.

Meanwhile, the police said they had obtained a court order preventing the protesters from entering certain key roads in the central Colombo’s Fort area.

It is difficult to keep the protesters silent. They are carrying black flags and demanding the president’s resignation.

 

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