WATCH: Thousands of protesters storm the president’s official residence

WATCH: Thousands of protesters storm the president’s official residence Photos: Twitter

WATCH: Thousands of protesters storm the president’s official residence

Thousands of protesters in Sri Lanka’s stormed the president’s official residence on Saturday amid months of mounting public anger.

WATCH: Thousands of protesters storm the president’s official residence

WATCH: Thousands of protesters storm the president’s official residence Photos: Twitter

Thousands of protesters in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital Colombo stormed the president’s official residence and secretariat on Saturday amid months of mounting public anger over the country’s worst economic crisis in seven decades.

WATCH AS THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS STORMED THE RESIDENCE

According to a report by CNBC, some protesters, holding Sri Lankan flags and helmets, broke into the president’s residence, video footage from local TV news NewsFirst channel showed.

Thousands of protesters also broke open the gates of the sea-front presidential secretariat, which has been the site of a sit-in protest for months, and entered the premises, TV footage showed.

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SOME PROTESTERS JUMPED INTO THE POOL

Military personnel and police at both locations were unable to hold back the crowd as they chanted slogans asking President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down.

Some protesters find some relief from the Colombo heat. Hundreds of protesters jumped in the pool.

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Sri Lanka has suffered through months of food and fuel shortages, lengthy blackouts, and galloping inflation after running out of foreign currency to import vital goods. Thousands of people had poured into the capital for the demonstration, the latest expression of unrest sparked by the crisis.

Police had withdrawn a curfew order issued on Friday after opposition parties, rights activists and the bar association threatened to sue the police chief.

SRI LANKA SUFFERED MONTHS OF FOOD AND FUEL SHORTAGES

Authorities said they had deployed nearly 20,000 troops and police officers for a security operation to protect the president. Sri Lanka has defaulted on its $51 billion external debt and has been in bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Nine people were killed and hundreds wounded when clashes erupted across the country after Rajapaksa loyalists attacked peaceful protesters outside the president’s office in May.