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Protesters defy curfew in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka ( Associated Press) — Defying a nationwide curfew, several hundred protesters chanted slogans against the Sri Lankan government Tuesday, a day after violent clashes led to the resignation of the blamed prime minister. along with his brother, who holds the position of president, to lead the country to its worst economic crisis in decades.

Protesters gathered at the entrance to the office of the president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the capital Colombo for the 32nd day to demand that he follow in his brother’s footsteps. For weeks, thousands of people have demonstrated in the vicinity of the office, but on Tuesday there were only a few hundred due to the strict curfew decreed after the clashes the day before that left four dead.

A government decree issued on Monday night confirmed the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the prime minister.

Protesters on Tuesday called on the president to step down and rebuilt tents damaged in Monday’s attack.

One of the protesters, Chamath Bogahawatta, a software engineer, said the executive “did a very despicable thing by bringing people in to provoke us. I don’t think people are going to tolerate their attempts to rule with the help of the government.”

“There will be more people joining us. How long are they going to rule a country under curfew?” he wondered.

The prime minister’s resignation came after violence erupted outside Rajapaksas’ offices as his supporters beat protesters with wooden and iron bars. Authorities quickly mobilized armed troops in many parts of the country and imposed a curfew until Wednesday.

The ambush by supporters of the leaders immediately sparked anger and chaos, and people began attacking ruling party politicians. More than a dozen homes of party leaders were vandalized and set on fire.

At least four people, including a pro-government lawmaker, were killed and nearly 200 others were injured on Monday night.

“If they thought they could stop a huge popular struggle by destroying our shops, I think they got the answer last night,” said Charith Janapriya, one of the protesters. “What we have lost are some stores and clothes… but we have a lot more people on our side than before.”

For more than a month, tension in the Southeast Asian nation has been rising over protests that began in the capital and spread to the countryside. They have attracted people from different ethnicities, religions and social classes, and even supporters of the Rajapaksa, some of whom have been demanding their resignation for weeks.

Pressure for President Rajapaksa to step down has increased following his brother’s resignation, according to analysts, and comes after the drastic collapse of his economy in recent weeks.

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