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Sri Lanka security forces raid protest camp as Ranil Wickremesinghe flexes muscles

Arrests as hundreds of demonstrators evicted from camp blocking presidential office, hours before they were due to vacate area

Sri Lankan security forces have raided the main anti-government protest camp in Colombo, dismantling it and evicting activists gathered outside the president’s office.

The raid in the capital early on Friday came a day after veteran politician Ranil Wickremesinghe – who vowed tough action against demonstrators – was sworn in as the crisis-hit country’s new president, replacing Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whom protesters forced to step down.

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