Thousands of anti-government protesters stormed into Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe office today hours after he was named as acting President, witnesses said.

Men and women breached military defences and entered the premier’s office to raise national flags, witnesses told newsmen after police and troops failed to hold back crowds despite firing tear gas and water cannon.

Sri Lanka PM tells military and police to ‘restore order’ in a televised statement.

The anti-government protesters also broke into the main state television station, Wednesday, and briefly took over broadcasts, footage showed.

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