Rajapaksa leads Sri Lanka protests, calls for government change

Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans, led by a former president, have congregated in the capital to demand a new government.

Tens of thousands have gathered on the streets of Sri Lanka’s capital to call for the government to go.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa – who suffered a surprise defeat in the presidential election three years ago – is leading the protest.

President Sirisena’s government was viewed as an opportunity for a fresh start in the South Asian nation, but the protesters say that it is weak and has failed to fulfil its promises.


Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Colombo.