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Sri Lankan security forces raid protest camp as new leaders sworn in

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By Devjyot Ghoshal, Uditha Jayasinghe and Alasdair Pal COLOMBO (Reuters) -Sri Lankan security forces raided a protest camp occupying government grounds in Colombo early on Friday and cleared out a section of it, fuelling fears that President Ranil Wickremesinghe had launched a crackdown a day after being sworn in. Media footage showed soldiers in riot gear and armed with assault rifles tearing down the camp, set up in April by protesters enraged with the country’s economic collapse that has caused severe shortages of fuel, food and medicines. Wickremesinghe, the former prime minister, was swor…

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