Thousands of protesters in Sri Lanka broke through police barricades and stormed the official residence of the president, according to the media.

In one of the largest anti-government marches in the country this year, protesters are demanding the resignation of President Gathabai Rajapaksa.

Thousands of people rushed into Colombo’s government district, shouting slogans against the president and breaking down several police barricades to reach Mr. Rajapaksa’s home, Reuters reported.

The police fired in the air, but could not stop the angry crowd that surrounded the presidential residence.

Sri Lanka is grappling with a severe foreign exchange shortage that has limited key imports of fuel, food and medicine.

According to two Defense Ministry sources, the president was removed from his official quarters as a security measure.

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