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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Sri Lanka’s national television network, Rupavahini, briefly suspended broadcast after protesters entered the TV station. The telecast resumed later.
  3. 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”.
  4. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is the acting President, has declared Emergency in the island nation as protests grow.
  5. Earlier in the day, President Rajapaksa landed in the Maldives. He left the country on a military aircraft with his wife and two bodyguards.
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