Sri Lanka's biggest political turmoil


Sri Lanka is mired in a deep political and economic crisis and on Saturday the country's president was forced to flee his residence not long before it was stormed by a huge crowd of protesters.The island nation of 22 million people has suffered months of lengthy blackouts, acute food and fuel shortages and galloping inflation in its most painful downturn on record.Months of protests have demanded the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose government has been blamed for chronic mismanagement of the country's finances. Photos:AFP,AP, PTI

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Protesters at Sri Lanka's Presidential Palace in Colombo

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A man throws back a tear gas shell after it was fired by police to disperse the protesters

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Protesters demanding the resignation of Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa swim in a pool inside the compound of Sri Lanka's Presidential Palace

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Protesters shout slogans outside the Galle International Cricket Stadium during the second day of the second test cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Galle

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Police use water canon and tear gas to disperse the protesters

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Protesters gather inside the compound of Sri Lanka's Presidential Palace in Colombo

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Protesters march to Sri Lankan president's palace

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Protesters demanding the resignation of Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa gather near the compound of Sri Lanka's Presidential Palace in Colombo

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