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Rajapaksa statue torn down in Sri Lanka

The statue of DA Rajapaksa located in Tangalle has been taken down by a group of demonstrators today.

DA Rajapaksa is a former MP and Sri Lanka Freedom Party member. He is also patriarch to the Rajapaksa family that have long dominated politics on the island, being the father to both Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

On 9 May a memorial built for DA Rajapaksa was destroyed. The ancestral home of the Rajapaksa family was also allegedly set on fire by demonstrators.

This comes amidst escalating tensions on the island that have resulted in clashes between both pro and anti-government protestors.  At least 8 people have been killed so far.

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