Live updates on Sri Lanka’s economic crisis: Rajapaksas ancestral home burnt down in Hambantota; 5 killed, 180 injured in violence

Sri Lanka News Live: The ancestral home of the Rajapaksas in Hambantota was set on fire by a group of anti-government protesters, hours after Mahinda Rajapaksa, the powerful clan’s patriarch, resigned on Monday in response to growing demands for his ouster as Sri Lanka’s prime minister.

Video footage showed the entire home of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Medamulana in Hambantota town was burning as protesters screamed, the Daily Mirror reported.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday as an outbreak of political violence killed five people, including an MP, and injured nearly 200.

Ruling party lawmaker Amarakeerthi Athukorala shot dead two people – killing a 27-year-old man – then killed himself after being surrounded by a crowd of anti-government protesters outside Colombo, police said.

And another unnamed ruling party politician opened fire on anti-government protesters in the southern town of Weeraketiya, killing two people and injuring five, police said.

Sri Lanka has suffered months of power outages and severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine in its worst economic crisis since independence.

This sparked weeks of extremely peaceful protests against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as well as his brother the prime minister.

On Monday, dozens of Rajapaksa worshipers attacked unarmed protesters camping outside the president’s office on a seaside promenade in downtown Colombo, AFP journalists reported.

“We were affected, the media were affected, women and children were affected,” said a witness, asking not to be named.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons and declared an immediate curfew in Colombo, which was later expanded to include the entire South Asian island nation of 22 million people.

A total of 181 people have been hospitalized, a spokesman for the Colombo National Hospital told AFP. Eight were injured elsewhere.

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