Sri Lankans persist in demanding president to resign

STORY: Demonstrations have raged across Sri Lanka for weeks as people angered by prolonged power cuts and shortages of fuel and medicine demand the president’s resignation.

On Saturday, the numbers had surged to tens of thousands with deafening roars of anti-Rajapaksa slogans mingling with singing and dancing to tunes mocking the incumbent president at the protest site in Colombo located near Rajapaksa’s office, which has been named “Gota-Go Village” by some.

The island nation is in the throes of its worst financial crisis since independence in 1948, with a foreign currency shortage stalling imports of fuel and medicines and bringing hours of power cuts every day.

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