Sri Lankan security forces clear main protest camp in Colombo


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Sri Lankan security forces raided the main anti-government protest camp in Colombo in the early hours of Friday, tearing down tents and evicting activists from the grounds of the president’s office on President’s Day Ranil Wickremesinghe be sworn.

Army and police entered the camp around 1:30 a.m. local time and forced people out of the presidential secretariat, which thousands of protesters had occupied earlier this month, according to protesters and a soldier who said participated in the operation. Protest organizers had earlier announced that the few dozen people who remained planned to leave the building on Friday afternoon, after Mr Wickremesinghe was due to be sworn in as a new prime minister.


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