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International News
Supporters of former Sri Lanka PM protest against his sacking in Colombo, burn effigies of President Maithripala Sirisena
 
(Colombo, Oct 30, 2018):Tens of thousands of activists blocked the centre of Colombo on Tuesday to protest the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) staged the protest outside his official residence where he stayed since President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed him on Friday.

Sirisena named former authoritarian president Mahinda Rajapaksa as head of government, triggering a constitutional crisis.

The party said about 100,000 people took part in the protests while police sources gave a figure of 25,000, though many busloads still arrived.

"We are against the sacking, the people did not vote for Sirisena to act in this manner," Wickremesinghe told supporters from a makeshift stage. "We will resist what the president has done."

Crowds chanted "down with the rogue prime minister", referring to Rajapaksa, and said "respect the mandate, recall parliament."

Effigies of Sirisena were torn up in a symbolic protest against the president's move which has been described by many local newspapers as a "constitutional coup."

Large crowds, many wearing caps in green, the UNP party colour, took part in the hurriedly arranged rally that forced the closure of several roads.

"More than 2,600 police and 10 units of Special Task Force commandos were deployed for the protest," police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

Parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya has warned that the crisis could lead to a "bloodbath" on the streets unless Sirisena ends a suspension of parliament to let MPs choose between Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe has demanded a parliament meet so that he can prove he has majority backing.


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