Sri Lankans unite in protests to oust Rajapaksas amid shortages of food, diesel

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After a week of angry protests in various places, thousands converged on Saturday (April 9) in Colombo's iconic seafront, Galle Face Green, in what at times felt like a carnival of hope.
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COLOMBO - A dozen Sri Lankans standing with placards outside Colombo's Ananda College chanted "Gota! Go home!", a demand for Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to quit, while passing tuk tuks honked in support.

Pedestrians shuffling to catch the bus joined in the chant, and a cyclist zipping past yelled "sadde madi!" - not enough noise.

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