Mass protest against LTTE's acts of Human Rights violations -
(BY: Krishan Bulathsinghala, UK)
mass demonstration organised by the Sri Lankans Against Terrorism (SLAT)
in UK was held on the 14 of February 2009 opposite the British Prime
Minister's residence No.10 Downing Street, London.
The protest was mainly focused on exposing the LTTE's
acts of human rights violations and the cowardly use of the human shield
to the British forums. The gathering was attended by over 4000 peace
lovers, according to metropolitan police sources and was quite energetic
with Anti-LTTE slogans being shouted by the patriotic Sri Lankans.
A petition which had several thousands of signatures
was handed over to Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office by
representatives of SLAT. Furthermore, two incidents took place, where
LTTE supporters tried to disrupt the programme when one tried to set him
self on fire. Quick actions by the Metropolitan Police resulted in the
arrests of the culprits.
This event was organised on very short notice and
participation was from all walks of Sri Lankan diaspora in the UK was
commendable, resulting in a huge success of the protest.