The Security Forces launched a pre-dawn raid on the Gota Go Gama protest site today (22), minutes after the protesters announced that they would be withdrawing from the Presidential Secretariat.
Hundreds of Armed Personnel surrounded the protest site at around 1.00AM (Friday) and stormed the Presidential Secretariat and removed the protesters.
The Police and Military also destroyed tents and other structures erected around the Presidential Secretariat.
All roads leading to Galle Face were closed by the Armed Forces during the operation, preventing anyone from entering or leaving the premises.
A number of protesters were assaulted and arrested inside Galle Face and near the surrounding barricades.
The sudden raid was launched minutes after the protesters issued a statement stating they had decided to vacate the Presidential Secretariat, which they occupied on July 09.
The protesters had said that they will be vacating the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon.
The raid took place hours after Ranil Wickremesinghe took his oaths as the President and had a meeting at the Defence Headquarters.
Courtesy: Colombo Gazette