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Sri Lanka shows how places of protest shape new generation

Galle Face Green becomes symbol of hope amid economic despair

Anti-government protesters march down the street at Colombo's Galle Face Green park on May 28. (Getty Images)

Among Colombo's many landmarks, Galle Face Green remains the most vibrant. As the sun sets, this coastal park at the edge of the business district in Sri Lanka's multicultural commercial capital springs into life.

Families saunter across the flat stretch of green and brown patches. Some nibble on spicy delicacies made with fried prawns, while others lick ice cream cones. The sky is dotted with colorful kites, dipping or rising in the winds that roll off the sea along the green's 500-meter promenade.

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