Sri Lanka protests 2022
April 21, 2023
Where Does Sri Lanka’s Protest Movement Go From Here?
By Devana Senanayake
The primary demand of the 2022 protests – the removal of Gotabaya Rajapaksa from his role as president – has been achieved, but the secondary demand of “system change” has not.
April 01, 2023
Is Transformation Possible in Sri Lanka?
By Bhavani Fonseka
One year after the protests that ousted Sri Lanka’s president and government, reforms remain elusive and the national crisis is far from over.
February 02, 2023
Why Sri Lanka’s Headline Grabbing Protests Failed
By Thusiyan Nandakumar
Yes, Sri Lankans drove President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office – but did they accomplish any lasting change?
January 17, 2023
Sri Lanka Urged to Free Student Activist Held Over Protests
By Bharatha Mallawarachi
Rights groups say that authorities used extraordinary powers to keep Wasantha Mudalige in detention without producing evidence of his involvement in terrorism.
November 07, 2022
Protests Against Sri Lankan President a Flop Show
By Rathindra Kuruwita
Low turnout at the protests indicates that Sri Lankans are giving the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration a chance to deliver.
September 08, 2022
Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returns to Sri Lanka
By Arundathie Abeysinghe
The government is concerned about renewed protests against the unpopular former leader, while opposition figures worry Rajapaksa will try to find a way to re-enter politics.
July 23, 2022
A Brief History of Sri Lanka’s President’s House
By Jeffrey Hyland
The fascinating history of the opulent building that became ground zero for Sri Lanka’s protests.
July 15, 2022
Wickremesinghe Becomes Sri Lanka’s Interim President
By Krutika Pathi, Krishan Francis, and Bharatha Mallawarachi
He will remain in the post until Parliament elects a new president to serve out the remainder of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s term, ending in 2024.
July 12, 2022
The Rajapaksa Regime Is Gone. What Next for Sri Lanka?
By P.K. Balachandran
“Gota” is finally gone, but ending Sri Lanka’s chronic instability will be an even harder task than ousting the Rajapaksas.
July 09, 2022
Sri Lankans Storm President’s House, Office in Biggest Rally Yet
By Krishan Francis
Protesters had successfully demanded the prime minister’s resignation, but they want his brother gone from the presidency as well.
June 06, 2022
Sri Lanka Holds its Breath as New PM Fights to Save Economy
By Bharatha Mallawarachi and Krutika Pathi
Financial hardship persists but there is growing hope among Sri Lankans that Ranil Wickremsinghe will see them through the tough times.
April 26, 2022
Bhavani Fonseka Explains Sri Lanka’s Protests
By Shannon Tiezzi
“The political and economic crisis have exposed the multiple failures of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency.”
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