Sri Lanka's revolt of the people

Protesters in Colombo cheering after news of the president's resignation on July 14, 2022. PHOTO: NYTIMES
A man carrying Sri Lanka flags outside the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on July 15, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Anti-government slogan on a wall in Colombo near the president's house on July 15, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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BANGALORE - As protesters in Sri Lanka trooped out of the President's and Prime Minister's homes on Thursday (July 14), some of them paused on the wide lawns for a last look or selfie. For days, citizens young and old, angry and amused, had overrun the white colonial-style palatial homes of the country's most reviled men.

Almost every one of them was poorer than their leaders. That gulf between a country's leader and its 22 million citizens would have felt ordinary some months ago, said protester Manuri Pabasari. But "now the gap feels so wrong, so undemocratic".

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