Sri Lanka: Protesters torch luxury cars amid political crisis

Houses and luxury cars belonging to several legislators of Sri Lanka’s ruling party were set on fire by anti-government protesters, claiming they were behind the mob attack on the Galle Force protesters, local media reported Monday.

Violence erupted in Sri Lanka amid a political crisis after mobs supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned as prime minister, attacked peaceful protesters.

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Sri Lankan news agency NewsWire reported that protesters set fire to the residence of several politicians, including ruling MP Sanath Nishantha. A video shared by the agency showed his house completely destroyed.

Another video showed homes and luxury vehicles of Sri Lankan leaders being torched by angry protesters.

This comes hours after a Sri Lankan MP from the ruling Rajapakasas party, Amarakeerthi Athukorala, and his personal security officer, were killed in clashes between anti-government and pro-government protesters in the country.

Violent protests in Sri Lanka

Violent protests in Sri Lanka.

Earlier in the day, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has dominated Sri Lankan politics for nearly 20 years, and whose government crushed the Tamil Tigers to end a long civil war, was forced to resign as prime minister when anti-government protests turned violent.

As we have mentioned on AmericanPost.News, shortages of fuel, food and medicine forced thousands onto the streets in more than a month of unprecedented crisis.

At least three people, including a parliamentarian, have been killed and more than 150 injured when Sri Lankan government supporters armed with sticks and clubs attacked protesters.

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