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The US embassy in Colombo has suspended consular services for 2 days. The embassy tweeted that the decision was taken “out of abundance of caution”.
Colombo: Hours after it emerged that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had fled the country, massive street protests have erupted in Sri Lanka.
Here are the 5 latest developments:
- Protesters have taken over Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office following a clash with security personnel, who tried to hold them off using teargas shells and water cannons.
- Sri Lanka’s national television network, Rupavahini, briefly suspended broadcast after protesters entered the TV station. The telecast resumed later.
- The US embassy in Colombo has suspended consular services for two days. The embassy tweeted that the decision was taken “out of abundance of caution”.
- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is the acting President, has declared Emergency in the island nation as protests grow.
- Earlier in the day, President Rajapaksa landed in the Maldives. He left the country on a military aircraft with his wife and two bodyguards.