Massive number of protest demonstrators have invaded the Presidents house breaching almost all barricades of police and army demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down from the high post.
They chanted slogans against his oppressive action including the ordering of the army troupes to use tear gas several times to prevent the masses from entering the President’s house although he has already fled the house leaving it with no occupants.
Hundreds of demonstrators are staging protests opposite the front of the gate of the President’s house and some of them were seen jumping over the gate to enter the house, eyewitnesses said.
Five civilians and two police officers, who were injured during the ongoing mass protests, have been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital, sources said. .
Meanwhile, it is reported that the police fired tear gas at the protesters at the “GotaGoGama” protest site in Galle Face Green.
The police also fired two rounds of tear gas to disperse the anti-government protesters at Chatham Street in Colombo who attempted to advance through a barricade and later it was breached by the demonstrators and invaded the President’s house.
Coinciding with the demonstrations in Colombo, island-wide protest marches are organized today (July 09), urging President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the incumbent government to step down.
Massive crowds thronged the Galle Face Green’s “GotaGoGama” protest site from many parts of the country in support of the mass public protest.