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Sky banners display Tamil genocide message during cricket game

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 May 2010 08:15 No Comment]

FloridaAirBanner_Front_87579_200 Banners flown by single engine aircraft displaying "Stop Tamil Genocide; Boycott Sri Lanka" circled the cricket grounds several times during a 20-over cricket tournament held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during this weekend, attendees to the games said. Indian, Pakistani, English, South African, Sri Lankan and Caribbean supporters dominated the attendees at the stadium. In the meantime Sinhalese dissidents opposed to the Rajapaksa regime flew their own message on another plane which said: Sri Lanka – Free Gen Fonseka – Restore Democracy."

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori felt the event had been a success. "Obviously with a lot of Sri Lankans here it had a kind of sub-continent feel but it was a crowd that was entertained," Reuters report quoted Vettori as saying.

"I thought the entertainment off the field was good for the game and whilst it wasn’t as high scoring as people wanted it was still a thrilling game," Vettori added.

New Zealand made 120 and Sri Lanka stumbled to 92 all out with two balls remaining on the Saturday game.

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