COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — As Sri Lanka’s economy went into freefall earlier this year, Piyahasie Dias joined her first protest, along with thousands of other Sri Lankans frustrated by the country’s escalating financial crisis under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Since March, anger at declining living standards has inspired a broad cross-section of the country – an achievement in a country divided by ethnic and religious divides – to take to the streets to protest. For many, such as Ms. Dias, a 23-year-old law student, it was the first time. Public anger coalesced into a concrete mission: to force the resignation of Mr. Rajapaksa and the formation of a new government.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/sri-lankas-protesters-arent-ready-to-stand-down-11658250856 Sri Lanka’s Protesters Aren’t Ready to Stand Down