Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his official residence at this time as 1000’s of anti-government protesters barged into his residence demanding his resignation. Amid the chaos, movies emerged of suitcases being loaded on a Sri Lanka Navy ship. Local media claims that the suitcases have been of President Rajapaksa.
The visuals present three males carrying massive suitcases onto the ship SLNS Gajabahu. The three males are in a rush and may be seen operating within the video.
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“The Harbor Master at the Colombo Port said that a group boarded the SLNS Sindurala and SLNS Gajabahu and left the port,” News1 Channel reported.
He mentioned he can not present particulars of the manifest or about those that boarded the vessels, the channel mentioned.
Last evening, the President had been shifted to the Army headquarters final evening, a high authorities supply informed NDTV.
Earlier at this time, non-public broadcasters additionally confirmed what gave the impression to be a car convoy belonging to the president at Sri Lanka’s important worldwide airport, however there was no affirmation on whether or not he had left the island.
Rajapaksa’s present whereabouts are unknown and have now occupied each his workplace and official residence.
Sri Lanka, a rustic of twenty-two million, is beneath the grip of an unprecedented financial turmoil, the worst in seven many years, crippled by an acute scarcity of overseas trade that has left it struggling to pay for important imports of gasoline, and different necessities.
Thousands of individuals had poured into the capital for Saturday’s demonstration, the newest outbreak of unrest sparked by the disaster.
Footage broadcast stay on social media confirmed tons of of individuals strolling by the presidential palace, with some among the many boisterous crowd leaping into the compound’s pool for a swim.
At least 30 folks, together with two policemen, have been injured in clashes between safety personnel and protesters – a few of them holding Sri Lankan flags and helmets – who had gathered in massive numbers within the Fort space.