Protest movement in Sri Lanka continues for 100 days

The protest movement in Sri Lanka lives on since 100 days

Protesters don't want President be replaced by its prime minister.

The protest movement in Sri Lanka entered its 100th day on Sunday. The protesters who precipitated the downfall of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, held responsible for the country's catastrophic economic crisis, are now aiming their anger at his successor.

Baptized Aragalaya (The Struggle) and largely orchestrated through social networks, the campaign to demand the departure of Rajapaksa began on April 9. Tens of thousands of demonstrators from all over the country had set up camp outside the offices of the presidency in the capital, Colombo. The movement was initially supposed to last two days, but the organizers, surprised by the much larger crowd than expected, decided to maintain the camp indefinitely.

The economic crisis, which results in severe shortages of food, medicine, fuel and electricity, has united in hatred of Rajapaksa and his family clan the majority Sinhalese Buddhist and the minority Tamils ​​and Muslim, hitherto irreconcilable ethnic groups.

On July 9, the crowd stormed the palace of Rajapaksa, who had to flee in a hurry. A refugee in Singapore, he announced his resignation, which became official on Friday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the interim head of state who is backed by Rajapaksa's SLPP party, is seen as the favorite to succeed him when parliament elects a new president. , on July 20.

A few protesters ventured into the presidential swimming pool during the invasion of the palace.

That was not enough to calm the protesters, who are still camped out in front of the presidency even though their numbers have dwindled since Rajapaksa's fall. The demonstrators also evacuated the presidential palace, the president's residence and his office, which they occupied for several days.

It has been 100 days since it started. tweeted on Sunday one of the most active anti-Rajapaksa activists on the Internet, Prasad Welikumbura, who demanded that Ranil Wickremesinghe also relinquish power. But we are still far from any change in the system.

We are considering, with the groups involved in the Aragalaya, to x27;steer the campaign against Ranil Wickremesinghe, a spokesman for the Colombo encampment protesters told AFP.

The interim president has ordered the army to do everything possible to maintain order. Police and military reinforcements will be dispatched to the capital on Monday to provide security around parliament ahead of Wednesday's vote.

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