Updated 20:30 GMT
11.45 PM : Situation still tense near Temple Trees pic.twitter.com/vBEQWbfLFo
— NewsWire (@NewsWireLK) May 9, 2022
Protestors still continue to clash outside the Prime Minster's residence as an island-wide curfew is declared across the island.
Clashes between supporters of Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, and anti-government demonstrators broke out in front of Temple Trees, the official residence of the Prime Minister, earlier this evening.
— Marlon Ariyasinghe (@exfrotezter) May 9, 2022
Shots have reportedly been fired outside Temple Trees alongside multiple rounds of tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters.
Supporters of the Prime Minister have urged him not to submit his resignation whilst anti-government demonstrators continue to demand it. The houses and vehicles of several prominent Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) politicians have been set alight as violence breaks out across Colombo. Sri Lanka’s military has been called in to impose a curfew till Tuesday 7 am.
Rajapaksa handed his resignation letter to his brother and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning.
Protestors attempted to ram a bus through the rear gates of Temple Trees. Tear gas was promptly fired directly into the crowds. Lost count of how many rounds were fired. Whatever this gas is, it’s brutal!
— Kalani Kumarasinghe (@KalaniWrites) May 9, 2022