Police stated Saturday they arrested a Sri Lankan commerce union chief who allegedly took two official flags from the deposed president Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s palace and used them as a bedsheet and a sarong.
Tens of 1000’s of individuals, incensed by the island nation’s financial disaster, stormed Rajapaksa’s residence and seafront workplace earlier this month, forcing the chief to flee the nation and later resign.
The person’s arrest on Friday night time comes after a social media submit confirmed him utilizing one of many official presidential flags as a bedsheet and the opposite as a sarong, a police officer advised AFP, on situation of anonymity.
“We recognized him from the movies filmed and posted by his son,” the officer stated.
“He advised investigators that he burnt one flag and we’ve got recovered the one he used as a sarong.”
The person was remanded in custody for 2 weeks pending additional investigations, the officer added.
Sri Lanka’s 22 million individuals have endured months of prolonged blackouts, report inflation and shortages of meals, gas and petrol.
Rajapaksa had been blamed by protesters for mismanaging the nation’s funds and public anger had simmered for months earlier than the mass demonstrations that compelled his ouster.
Quickly after protesters overran the Presidential Palace, there have been social media posts of them frolicking within the presidential pool and bouncing on four-poster beds contained in the sprawling compound.
The close by Temple Bushes compound, the official prime minister’s residence, was additionally overrun on the identical day and protesters had eliminated televisions and different valuables.
Police stated a listing was being taken on the colonial-era buildings that are repositories of invaluable artwork and antiquities.
However protesters additionally turned over to authorities round 17.5 million rupees ($46,000) in crisp banknotes that had been present in one of many presidential palace’s rooms.
Rajapaksa’s successor, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has vowed a tricky line on “trouble-makers” and police have arrested a number of protest leaders in latest days.
Parliament prolonged a state of emergency this week, giving the army sweeping powers to keep up order and detain suspects for lengthy intervals.
The army final week demolished a protest camp outdoors the president’s workplace that had campaigned for Rajapaksa’s ouster — a transfer that drew worldwide condemnation accusing troops of utilizing extreme power on unarmed demonstrators.