On the morning of 13 July 2022, Sri Lankan Prime Minister and acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe declared a nationwide state of emergency and imposed a curfew in Western province — which encompasses the capital Colombo — amid ongoing unrest following news reports that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled to the Maldives. Following the departure of Rajapaksa, a large group of protesters broke through military barricades and stormed the prime minister’s office, located on Flower Road in central Colombo, demanding Wickremesinghe’s immediate resignation. Police officers and military personnel deployed tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to disperse the protesters; however, the crowd eventually entered the grounds of the prime minister’s office. At least 30 people were reportedly injured in the clashes. Wickremesinghe has ordered security forces to arrest anyone participating in unlawful gatherings and violating the current curfew in Western province. Train services to the province from elsewhere in the country have been suspended, although Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (VCBI/CMB) currently remains open, with air traffic operating as normal. In related developments, the speaker of Parliament has reiterated Rajapaka’s intention to resign from office on 13 July and continues to support Parliament’s agreement to vote for a new president on 20 July.