The Sri Lank’s new president, Maithripala Srisena was encountered by angry Tamil protesters at Heathrow airport on Saturday and in front of Westminster Abbey, London, today.
The Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) and the British Tamil Forum (BTF) jointly organised a static protest against the Sri Lankan president Maithripala Srisena’s visit to London.
Mr Mathanaruban Kunasekaram, a key member of the BTF who is responsible for coordinating this demonstration said “Maithripala Srisena is a War Criminal and any Sri Lankan Genocide War Criminals are not welcome in the UK. We will continue to express or concerns and fight until we get justice for the on going Genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka”.
Aleading diaspora activist, Ms Varaveena Mylvaganam said in her interview to the Global Tamil Television (GTV) that “He was the Sri Lanka’s acting defence Minister in Mahinda Rajapakse’s regime which is responsible for the Genocide of over 1,40, 000 Tamil civilians in just few weeks. He has the Tamil blood on his hands and he excused all war criminals including Sarath Fonseka. It is a shame that he is allowed to attend the Common wealth event to fay at the Westminster abbey”
As a victim from Sri Lanka, she made an open plea for all Tamil victims to gather and show their opposition.
Angry Tamil diaspora activists also condemned TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran for his video call to halt the protest.
A former Jaffna University student, Mr Paranthaman Paramsothy, who is now seeking asylum in the UK after being tortured in Sri Lanka, claims “Tamil peoples lands re recklessly encroached by the settlement of Singhalese and no action had been taken. This continues even after Srisena was elected as president. This is part of the systematic Genocide. He should also be tried for war crimes and Genocide”.
Mr Rubakumar Rasaratnam who is living in the UK since 2005 shared his own experience and said “Not even a single political prisoner is released to date as promised by Srisena. We, Tamil who voted him were betrayed. Abductions and disappearances are still taking place in Sri Lanka. Even my father was assaulted recently in attempt to silence me. But we will not rest until we get justice”.