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Sri Lankan Army Clears Protest Site Before Cabinet Sworn In

Military members take down the camps at the protest site outside the president’s office in Colombo on July 22.
Military members take down the camps at the protest site outside the president’s office in Colombo on July 22.Photographer: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg

The Sri Lankan army began dismantling a protest site facing the presidential office in Colombo early Friday, leading to tense scenes with demonstrators. 

The Galle Face camp was swarmed by hundreds of soldiers and police officials who detained some protesters and tore down the makeshift tents. Hours later, new President Ranil Wickremesinghe told the military to maintain order across key districts the the South Asian nation’s capital.