British Tamils gathered at Westminster Abbey in Londonin in thousands from 2 pm until 5 pm against the visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena.
Carrying placards and banners, protesters chanted slogans against Sri Lanka and President Maithripala Srisena, the protesters were highlighting President Sirisena’s role as acting defence minister five times during the war, in the killing of large number of Tamil civilians during the last weeks of the war that ended in May 2009. They also urged the Commonwealth to suspend Sri Lanka from its membership.
The protest was organised by the British Tamils Forum (BTF). The purpose of the protest, BTF said in a statement “ was to convey our message to her Majesty the Queen as the head of Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Leaders that Sri Lanka has violated the founding principles of the Commonwealth and continues to deny genocidal crimes committed against the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka”.
“British Tamils Forum also calls on Commonwealth Leaders to establish an independent international investigation into the genocidal crimes committed against the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka. We demand the release of all political prisoners and removal of the Sri Lankan Military occupying the lands of the Tamil people” BTF further said.
After the Westminster Abbey protests ended, demonstrators arrived at Marlborough House, Pall Mall and continued their protest till 7pm. This protest was jointly organised by Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC-UK) and Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO-UK).
Yesterday when Sri Lankan President arrived at Heathrow Airport, he had to use the back door to leave the airport due to demonstrations.