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Airport Staff Block President From Fleeing Sri Lanka Amid Turmoil

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  • Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa tried to flee the nation but airport staff stood in his way and forced him to beat a humiliating retreat.
  • Rajapaksa is due to officially resign on Wednesday after months of demonstrations calling for him to step down.
  • He was reportedly trying to escape to Dubai on Monday night, but immigration staff prevented the president from going to the VIP area.

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