Protest against U.S. support to Sri Lanka in war probe

Protest against U.S. support to Sri Lanka in war probe

download (1)As a mark of protest against the U.S. supporting Sri Lanka in war crime probe, a group of members from Ilaiya Thalaimurai Koottamaippu, an outfit comprising youngsters, threw rotten chicken waste into a KFC outlet in Ashok Nagar on Saturday afternoon.

The group also attempted to stage a protest outside the U.S. Consulate here. According to police, the group had earlier submitted a petition to the Consulate last month and gave 100 hours time for the U.S. government to change its stand on the investigation into the ‘genocide.’

“The time given by them expired by Saturday noon. Due to this, a few members of the outfit entered the KFC outlet in Ashok Nagar at 12.45 p.m. and littered it with rotten chicken. They also raised slogans against the U.S.,” a police source said.

After this, the same group went to the U.S. Consulate. A member attempted to douse himself with petrol on Cathedral Road and tried to barge into the Consulate. The police nabbed him and another member who also attempted to get inside.

Five members headed by Iniyan were detained.

The group attempted to stage a protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Chennai

US expert to lecture on right to information

downloadThe US Embassy in Colombo has organised a public lecture on right to information to be held at 3.00 pm on Tuesday (8) at the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Press Institute.

The lecture titled “Right to Information-A responsibility for all” will be delivered by Corinna Zarek, Senior Advisor for Open Government to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Zareke works with U.S. agencies to develop and implement open government initiatives, including work with the global Open Government Partnership, and coordinates outreach with non-governmental stakeholders.

Before joining the federal government, Corinna was the Freedom of Information Director at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press where she assisted journalists with legal issues.

She received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa. Corinna is the Vice President of the D.C. Open Government Coalition and also teaches a communication law class at the American University.