Turning point of the Sri Lankan crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa's backfired movement

Turning point of the Sri Lankan crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa’s backfired movement

Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, on Monday morning to urge Mahinda Rajapaksa not to resign.

Probably the country’s most powerful man and descendant of the dynasty, to which his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa belongs, was thinking of a move to pave the way for an interim government in the midst of economic and social turmoil.

In less than an hour, Reuters witnesses said that in less than an hour, several members of the same crowd swung iron rods, beat rebel protesters, and caused the worst days of violence in months of protests.

When a meeting hosted by the Sri Lanka People’s Liberation Front (SLPP), the ruler of Rajapaxus, strengthened Mahinda’s position, it backfired brilliantly.

The actions of his supporters infuriated those seeking his expulsion and contributed to clashes across the country and widespread attacks on the property owned by Rajapaxus and his parties.