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Protesters swim in Sri Lanka president's pool – and warn they're staying until he leaves office

People who swim in the President of Sri Lanka’s Pool say that they will stay at Colombo until Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves office.

Protesters also stormed Ranil Wickremesinghe’s home to protest an economic disaster that has left many unable to afford two meals per day.

Both men stated that they would step down.

According to the speaker of parliament, Mr Rajapaksa will leave Wednesday. However, no word has been given from him.


However, Mr Rajapaksa confirmed to Mr Wickremesinghe his resignation, the prime minister’s Office said Monday.

However, many people don’t believe in it and won’t believe until they see it in practice,” said Nicole Johnston, Sky News correspondent. She has spoken to protesters at President Obama’s residence.

Johnston said, “Until that happens, they’re going to keep occupying the president’s home as well as several key buildings around the City.”

As they marvel at the wealth, many have brought their children along. Schools have been shut down for the past few weeks due to insufficient electricity.

Image: Protesters look at the presidential residence. Pic by AP

Johnston said that the country had “burned through all of its foreign currency (and), doesn’t have enough money to buy food, fuel or medicine.”

It has therefore been asking for money from the International Monetary Fund (Japan, Russia, China, and Qatar).

Johnston stated that public servants were told to take Friday off and to go home to grow food.

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Sri Lanka’s presidential palace after it was stormed and occupied by protesters

Sri Lanka’s President and PM must resign following thousands of protestors storming their homes

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How the President’s Palace was occupied by Sri Lankans

“They were also told they could go to Sri Lanka for five years, get another job, and send the money back to Sri Lanka, so eventually, they will still have their job. This is how desperate the country is.”

However, the mood has changed from Saturday when tens to thousands took to the streets in frustration.

Johnston stated that it is “almost like a carnival atmosphere” now.


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