Who will Blink First?

A Sri Lankan family takes a break from protesting to have an afternoon snack under the wary gaze of soldiers guarding the Presidential Secretariat at Galle Face, in Colombo. April 2022. Sporadic demonstrations that began in March, demanding President Gotabhaya Rajapakse and his government resign, have solidified into a large rally in downtown Colombo that is now in its eighteenth consecutive day. Blamed for creating Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis in modern history, the president, and his brother and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, have refused to step down in the face of widespread accusations of corruption, ineptitude, and nepotism, choosing to wait out the protestors, while the country teeters on the verge of bankruptcy.

• 18mm • f/3.5 • 1/1250 • ISO100 •


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