Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has been forced to resign after a day of violence saw five people including a ruling party member of parliament dead, with reports emerging of people attacking properties linked to the ruling party across the island nation.
Angry mobs have stormed the houses and properties of Rajapaksa loyalists across the country despite a state of emergency and police curfew.
The house of Saman Lal Fernando, mayor in the Colombo suburb of Moratuwa, was set ablaze
The houses of three ministers and three MPs were also torched.
A tourist hotel owned by a close associate of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s children was also set ablaze
Mobs attacked the controversial Rajapaksa museum in the family’s ancestral village in the island’s south and razed it to the ground
The violence began after several thousand supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa, brought in buses from rural areas, poured out of his nearby official residence.
Lawmaker Amarakeerthi Athukorala from the ruling party shot two people – killing a 27-year-old man – and then took his own life after being surrounded by a mob of anti-government protesters outside the capital Colombo, police said.
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