What did the Sri Lankan protesters say?
“This is the first time we have entered the Rashtrapati Bhavan,” said the man who hosted the royal banquet at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. We have had a good opportunity so I think the whole country is peaceful now. Corruption will end. I had the opportunity to have lunch with my children here. Lunch at Rashtrapati Bhavan is truly wonderful. Another protester said, “We are holding flags to show our displeasure that the system that has been in place for 74 years is abusing our people, our rights.” They came to power using only military force, so our symbol was the black flag that showed the government a mirror. Young people are against this system.
No one wants to maintain the power of Sri Lanka
The situation in Sri Lanka has deteriorated so much that no one wants to handle it. Ranil Wickremesinghe, who became the Prime Minister for the fifth time, offered to resign from his post despite his vast experience in power. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has also announced his resignation on July 13. In such a scenario, the biggest challenge for the new president and prime minister will be to get the country out of the financial crisis. But given the current situation, it can be estimated that it could take at least four to five years for Sri Lanka to get back on its feet. Even then, it cannot be claimed that Sri Lanka’s economic situation can return to normal.
The World Bank and the IMF support Sri Lanka
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could play a major role in getting Sri Lanka out of this quagmire. The Sri Lankan government is also working with these two global organizations. However, the two have set various conditions for the loan. In this case, if Sri Lanka accepts the terms of these two institutions, inflation in the country is likely to rise. On the other hand, it can be difficult to get a loan if the conditions are not met.
What are the protesters demanding?
The protesters want the Rajapaksa family to be completely removed from power in Sri Lanka. People of all faiths, creeds and sects, including Buddhists, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka, are blaming the Rajapaksa brothers for the country’s poor economic situation. He is also angry with the current leaders of Sri Lanka, who hold high positions in the government. But he did nothing for the good of the people. People are alleging that these leaders have squandered loans taken from abroad, the benefits of which are not visible on the ground.