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Sri Lanka: Rajapaksas ancestral home set on fire


Rajapaksa’s ancestral home in Hambantota was set on fire by a group of anti-government protesters hours after Mahinda Rajapaksa, the patriarch of a powerful clan, resigned on Monday in response to rising demands for his removal from the post of Sri Lankan prime minister.

The video shows the entire house of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his younger brother and President Gotabai Rajapaksa in Medamulan, Hambantota, burning as protesters marched away, the Daily Mirror reported.

Prime Minister Mahinda’s house in Kurunegale was also set on fire by protesters, while the crowd also destroyed the D.A. Rajapaksa – built in memory of the father of Mahinda and Gotabaya – in Medamulana, Hambantota.

Earlier, supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked anti-government protesters at the MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama protest sites in Colombo.

Protesters destroyed several properties of ministers and deputies of the ruling coalition.

Sri Lankan media also reported that the fire broke out near the back gate of Temple Trees, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

Police water cannons were called, but anti-government protesters are attacking vehicles, the report said.

Protesters also attacked the house of Badul district deputy Tisa Kutiarahcha and then set it on fire.

The house of MP Puttalam Santa Nishanta was completely destroyed due to arson.

The arson came when a curfew was imposed on the island after violent clashes between supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa and anti-government protesters in Colombo.

Three people were killed, including an MP from the ruling party, and more than 150 were injured in violence in the capital.

Protests over rising prices and power outages have been going on since last month. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948.

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