A group of people were detained by Sri Lanka Police for obstructing the entrances to the President’s Office.
Protesters at GotaGoGama blocked all entrances to the President’s Office on Monday (20), according to Sri Lanka Police.
According to police, the protestors moved to the two other gates leading to the President’s Office early Monday (20) and completely blocked the path by erecting two makeshift tents.
On Monday (20), the GotaGoGama protest demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s immediate resignation entered its 73rd day.
The Occupy Galle Face protest began on April 9, 2022, and has continued on a daily basis, despite adverse weather and the 9th May Black Monday attacks on the protest site.
Protesters blame the government for mismanaging the economy, which has caused food prices to skyrocket and the country’s reserves to plummet to a record low.
GotaGoGama has also established a nationwide network of branches to support the main protest against the President and the Government.
Sri Lanka has gone into debt default for the first time in its history, as the country faces its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years.
Sri Lanka is attempting to restructure debts owed to foreign creditors totaling more than $50 billion in order to make repayment more manageable.
A chronic lack of foreign currency and skyrocketing inflation have resulted in severe shortages of medicines, fuel, and other necessities.