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Protest against ‘Western conspiracy’

[BBC, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:10 No Comment]

The Sri Lanka government has urged the general public to come to streets against what it called a “Western conspiracy” to topple Mahinda Rajapaksa administration.

Addressing a cabinet press briefing, a group of cabinet ministers described the recent protests against the fuel price increase as an “NGO funded conspiracy” which was supported by the West.

The conspiracy was clearly visible in Negombo and Chilaw while many other affected communities accepted the subsidy offered by the government, they said.

Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa alleged that the Western powers are planning to prosecute President Rajapaksa and the “war heroes” in the international war crimes tribunal at The Hague.

The Western governments, said Mr Weerawansa, are unhappy that Rajapaksa administration militarily defeated Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

They called upon the public to stage a mass protest on 27 February in the capital, Colombo, as well as in other cities, against the “Dollar, Yen, Pound funded” conspirators.

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