Mahinda Rajapaksa, ex-Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, resigned to his position on 9th May after his supporters attacked protestors. As the island nation is facing unprecedented economic crisis, people started protesting against the government asking for resignation from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government.
On 9th May, supporters of Rajapaksas attacked protestors in Colombo and at least 217 members are admitted to hospital post the attacks. In response to these attacks, protestors have burnt down ancestral property of Rajapaksas and burnt several offices, residences of political leaders belonging to Rajapaksa party, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party.
Former cricketer, Sri Lankan legend and ex-minister, Arjuna Ranaunga slammed Mahinda Rajapaksa and said that Anti-government protestors have been silent till 9th of May and Mahinda provoked his supporters to attack them. He opined that had Mahinda let the situation be as is, government could have worked in tandem with them and opposition to find amicable solution to the crisis.
Mahinda Rajapaksa offered his resignation on 9th May, in order to pave way for All-party united governance. His younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has extended curfew and emergency throughout the island post the violent protests.