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Sri Lanka Protesters Seize State Broadcaster as Anger Grows

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WATCH: Police appeared to fire gas at protesters who had gathered outside the prime minister’s office demanding his resignation.Source: Bloomberg

Sri Lanka’s state broadcaster Rupavahini went off air after being seized by protesters amid widening unrest that led President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the bankrupt country early Wednesday. 

At about 1:02 p.m. in Colombo -- shortly after the protester-imposed deadline lapsed for Rajapaksa to submit his resignation -- Rupavahini telecast images of one of its anchors introducing two protesters, shortly after which the channel played the national anthem and went off air.