They performed flips into the water. They reclined on beds with canopies. They also viewed news footage of their fellow protesters who had gathered in Sri Lanka’s capital and joined them in storming the presidential residence and secretariat while watching cricket on large-screen televisions.
The stay photos from Colombo revealed a rare moment of levity as protesters who actually occupied the seats of governmental power took a moment to appreciate the luxuries after months of increasing financial hardship, food and gas shortages, and increasingly determined protests.
The takeover in Colombo on Saturday was joyous, in contrast to the autumn in Kabul last year, when Taliban fighters posed sternly with assault rifles in Afghanistan’s presidential palace.