How Sri Lankan Protests Unfolded

What the Sri Lankan People Did to Get Out of Protest

Sri Lanka is currently facing a deep financial crisis that has made it difficult for the country to import food, fuel, and medicine. This has led to thousands of protestors taking to the streets. Speaking to the Speaker of Parliament on Saturday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that he would resign next week.

Below are key developments during the crisis.

March 31, 2022 – Demonstrators marched to Rajapaksa’s residence to protest the worsening economy.

April 3, Rajapaksa disbands the cabinet that includes Basil Rajapaksa, his younger brother, as finance minister. However, Mahinda Rajapaksa, his elder brother, continues to be prime minister.

April 9, 2009: Rising protests, including sit-ins at Rajapaksa’s office in an attempt to remove the president and open the door for political reforms.