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Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family seek evacuation at a naval base

Triggered by Widespread violence in Sri Lanka Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family evacuated to Trincomalee’s naval base on Tuesday after leaving Colombo under tight security.

Rajapaksa, his wife Siranti, and their youngest son Rohita and his family boarded an Air Force helicopter early Tuesday morning to leave the Temple Tree at the Prime Minister’s Office and evacuate to a tightly guarded naval base. Military sources said.

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According to media reports, Yoshita and his family, the second son of Rajapaksa and the secretary of the former Prime Minister, left the country on Monday.

Following Rajapaksa’s resignation on Monday and subsequent violence by pro-government protesters, rebel blamemen surrounded the Temple Tree and tried to force it into the premises.

Armies rushed to protect him, and police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the violent mob.

In retaliation, protesters burned vehicles parked outside their homes, and troops resorted to shooting in the air.

As a result of the violence, at least five people, including members of parliament, were killed and more than 200 were injured.

The island nation, which has suffered the most serious economic crisis since its independence in 1948, now has no government, and Chairman Mahinda Yapa Abeiwaldena has called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to summon parliament immediately.

The protests that began on March 31 due to the dollar crisis and the severe financial crisis caused by inflation continue nationwide demanding Rajapaxus to resign.

As a result of the protest, the cabinet resigned, but Mahinda Rajapakse formed a new cabinet under his guidance.

Due to lack of fuel and gas and hours of power outages, people went out to the streets and demanded an immediate resignation from the government.

Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urged the opposition to establish a full-party government, but the latter refused to do so until he resigned.

On Monday, the union launched an indefinite national strike requiring the president to resign.

https://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-sri-lanka-crisis-ex-pm-mahinda-rajapaksa-and-family-seek-refuge-at-a-naval-base-2952002 Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family seek evacuation at a naval base

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