President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is reportedly in safety despite his whereabouts still unknown.
But an unnamed defence official told the AFP as quoted by the BBC that the “The president was escorted to safety. He is still the president, he is being protected by a military unit.”
Protesters stormed the President’s House in Colombo, Fort, and the Presidential Secretariat and Temple Trees at Galleface.
The protesters pushed open the gates to the President’s House and entered in large numbers.
Thousands also entered the Presidential Secretariat. The Gota Go Gama protest site was set up opposite the Presidential Secretariat and was never breached to date.
However, today protesters agitated by the economic crisis in the country stormed the President’s main office.
The protesters were also seen taking a dip in the pool at the President’s residence and perusing through the rooms and kitchen at the President’s House.
Protesters are engaged in anti-government demonstrations today demanding the resignation of the President, the Prime Minister and the government.
NewsRadio correspondents said people have been flocking in from across the country.
Individuals who were unable to source fuel to travel were seen carpooling and in lorries and container trucks heading to Galle face.
Protesters were also seen on foot walking towards Galle face.
Police also fired several rounds of tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters at Chatham Street, Colombo 01 and opposite the President’s House in Fort and also directed tear gas at protestors at the Galle face Green.