The visuals show three men carrying large suitcases onto the ship SLNS Gajabahu. The three men are in a hurry and can be seen running in the video.
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“The Harbour Master at the Colombo Port said that a group boarded the SLNS Sindurala and SLNS Gajabahu and left the port,” News1 Channel reported.
He said he cannot provide details of the manifest or about those who boarded the vessels, the channel said.
Last night, the President had been shifted to the Army headquarters last night, a top government source told NDTV.
Earlier today, private broadcasters also showed what appeared to be a vehicle convoy belonging to the president at Sri Lanka’s main international airport, but there was no confirmation on whether he had left the island.
Rajapaksa’s current whereabouts are unknown and protesters have now occupied both his office and official residence.
Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million, is under the grip of an unprecedented economic turmoil, the worst in seven decades, crippled by an acute shortage of foreign exchange that has left it struggling to pay for essential imports of fuel, and other essentials.
Thousands of people had poured into the capital for Saturday’s demonstration, the latest outbreak of unrest sparked by the crisis.
Footage broadcast live on social media showed hundreds of people walking through the presidential palace, with some among the boisterous crowd jumping into the compound’s pool for a swim.
At least 30 people, including two policemen, were injured in clashes between security personnel and protesters – some of them holding Sri Lankan flags and helmets – who had gathered in large numbers in the Fort area.