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Anti-British protests in Sri Lanka over Oxford snub

[AFP, Friday, 3 December 2010 09:35 One Comment]

Sri Lankan pro-government activists shout anti-British slogans Hundreds of ruling party activists demonstrated at the British embassy in Colombo Friday to denounce Oxford University’s debating society for cancelling a talk by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

"Down with anti-Sri Lanka policy!" shouted activists led by Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who spearheaded protests against the United Nations in July that temporarily shut the agency’s offices.

"British imperialists, we will never surrender to you," Weerawansa told the crowds amid loud cheers.

The demonstration followed protests in Britain to coincide with Rajapakse’s visit to London. The Oxford Union, the university’s debating society, cancelled his talk scheduled for Thursday after protests by Tamils.

The protesters in Britain accuse Rajapakse of war crimes while crushing Tamil separatists in the country last year. They called for him and key members of his entourage to be arrested.

On Thursday, Britain added to demands from Western allies, the United Nations and rights groups for an independent probe into possible human rights violations during the final months of fighting last year.

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  • N.MATHIVANAN said:

    On behalf of the Tamils from all over the world, I congratulate you from the deepest heart of mine.You have done right thing in right time. your letter to to the Oxford personnel to stop allowing a war criminal is apt work.we are happy to know that the war criminal was stopped finally.Its a great work.
    Oxford University is a prestigious university where many eminent personalities have come out. It is a Holy place and a mentor of many scholars where in a criminal should not be allowed to deliver a speech there.
    What can a criminal speak?It should not allow a dictator,a heartless , in human racist.
    I want all the countries to join together to safeguard eh justice and to render justice.

    once again. i congratulate Tamils in UK
    N.Mathivanan
    executive president,Tamil nadu Fishermen association