At approximately 1300 local time (0730 UTC) on 9 July 2022, thousands of anti-government protesters who had gathered in the capital Colombo stormed the official residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the private home of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to demand their resignations amid the country’s worsening economic crisis. Police officers fired tear gas, water cannons and live ammunition into the air numerous times to disperse thousands of demonstrators who had breached barriers guarding the president’s house. Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe were not in their residences when protesters entered the buildings. Hospital officials stated that at least 103 people were injured in the protests — including three people hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Thousands of protesters traveled on trains, buses and other forms of transportation to attend the 9 July Massive People’s Protest in central Colombo. Later the same day, Wickremesinghe announced his resignation as prime minister. Additionally, the speaker of parliament stated that Rajapaksa declared his intention to resign as president on 13 July and make way for an all-party interim government. Demonstrators have announced plans to continue to occupy the Presidential Palace as well as 115 Fifth Lane — the prime minister’s private residence — until both leaders step down.