Crisis in Sri Lanka | Protesters discover high security bunker in presidential palace, watch video

Two days after angry violent protesters stormed into the official residence of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo, a video of them discovering a high security bunker at the compound has come to light.

The bunker, hidden by a fake closet, is underground and accessible by elevator, according to reports. In addition, the heavy bunker door could not be opened, he added.

It is suspected that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa may have escaped.

In the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis, the island nation saw hundreds of thousands of protesters take to the streets around the presidential palace. Protesters demanded Rajapaksa’s resignation over his government’s mishandling of the crisis.

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The protesters not only broke into Rajapaksa’s residence but were seen on Rajapaksa’s bed, jumping into the compound’s swimming pool and even seen lounging in his living room.

Rajapaksa fled his official residence shortly before angry protesters swarmed the compound and his nearby office on July 9. Rajapaksa’s fate remains unknown.

Meanwhile, protesters set fire to the residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday. “Protesters broke into the private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and set it on fire,” the office of the Prime Minister of Lanka said in a statement.

Sri Lanka announced in April that it was suspending repayment of nearly $7 billion in external debt due for 2022 out of about $25 billion due through 2026.

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