The 73-year-old disgraced leader was welcomed at the same airport where he was struggling to get his passport stamped to flee the country in July.
“We used to make figures of him to worship. Now, I want him gone.”
“They thought they were invincible and are used to being treated like gods.”
Just a day before the violence, national media reported that the Sri Lankan president and his men will be exempted from hours-long power cuts.
A media activist said at least 70 journalists fled the country since 2009. The number is likely to grow.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa wants to amend the Constitution, which will consolidate power within his family.
They used iron girders and PVC piping filled with sand and dirt. It hurts like hell, but it doesn't leave marks. That was the first time I've ever been beaten in my entire life.