Maldives Police disperse Sri Lankan nationals protesting President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s arrival

Maldives Police disperse Sri Lankan nationals protesting disgraced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s arrival | Photo: Adhadhu

Male’, Maldives – The Maldives Police Service on Wednesday dispersed a crowd of Sri Lankan protestors who were calling out the Maldivian government for giving safe entry to disgraced of disgraced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The peaceful protest was held at the Carnival Area in the capital city Male’ this afternoon with protestors calling the Maldivian government to safeguarding “criminals” and ”thieves.”

UPDATE [16:31]: Maldives Police have arrested a Sri Lankan national during today’s protest.

Originally tweeted by Adhadhu (@AdhadhuMV) on July 13, 2022.

Local news “Adhadhu” reported on Wednesday that the disgraced President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa is residing at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort. Reports suggest that the resort staff has protested Gotabaya’s stay at the luxury resort. 

A Military jet carrying the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Velana International Airport at around 02:50 on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan media reports that President Gotabaya will hand in his resignation today. President Gotabaya appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as acting president in his absence. 

Gotabaya and his companions are expected to travel to their final destination sometime this afternoon or evening. The president would most likely proceed to another Asian country from there, the government source said.

Reuters reports that the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country on Wednesday, hours before he was due to step down after a people’s uprising over a devastating economic crisis ended his family’s powerful grip on the island nation. As news of the president’s flight spread, thousands of people gathered at the main protest site in Colombo chanting “Gota thief, Gota thief”, referring to him by a nickname. Hundreds of others stormed the prime minister’s office, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.