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SLanka to protest against pro-Tiger rallies abroad

[AFP, Friday, 20 March 2009 08:09 One Comment]

Sri Lanka will lodge strong protests with countries where there have been demonstrations in favour of the island’s separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, a minister said Thursday.


Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said pro-rebel sympathisers have been staging demonstrations in Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States, using Tiger propaganda.


There had been several self-immolations at pro-Tiger demonstrations in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, but Colombo will not take up issue with New Delhi because the demonstrators did not display Tamil Tiger flags, the minister said.


Sri Lanka’s Tamils share close cultural and religious links with the 55 million Tamils in Tamil Nadu, which is also home to thousands of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.


However, in other countries, the demonstrators had draped themselves in Tiger flags, the minister said.

Several Tamils have also attempted self-immolation in Geneva and London.


"The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) is a banned organisation in some of these countries. We are surprised these countries allow LTTE sympathisers to use the LTTE flags so openly in their protests against us," the minister told reporters here.


He said Sri Lanka had asked its diplomatic missions in these countries to lodge protests over the pro-rebel activities which he described as "supporting terrorism."


"We can only assume that these people will continue to fund the LTTE (and) that they are in the forefront of raising funds for the Tigers," he said.


Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona added that the United Nation Charter prohibited glorification of terrorism.


"To glorify a terrorist organisation is totally misplaced. We have asked our high commissioners, our ambassadors, to raise the issue with their host governments," Kohona said.

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  • S.V.Ramanan said:

    You may be justified.Bur your continued harping on LTTE and not bothering to alleviate the sufferings of Tamils trapped in the war zone,bombing the area, including hospitals,keeping Relief agencies at bay,may result in protests not bt by LTTE sympathisers, but by men of human consideration the world over.You are over playing your LTTE card and the world is slowly losing patience with your injured innocence despite the fact that there is no second thought about LTTE being a terrorist organisation.You are slowly emerging as a worthy State successor to LTTE.
    Mr.Minister,-Human Rights Minister,only for Sinhalese?