While the Sri Lankan government officials remain tight-lipped on President Rajapaksa who is accused of War crimes in killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 in Sri Lanka participation at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland on July 23, Tamils in UK are busy organising a demonstration opposite the Stadium.
The Tamil Youth Organisation in UK has asked Tamils to gather at Barrow field Street, Glasgow on at 3.30 pm on the day of the opening. They have arranged 30 centres in England, Wales and Scotland to pick Tamils who are willing to participate in the demonstration with free transport.
There are four centres in London itself for demonstrators to assemble for transport to the venue, including South West, South East, North West and North East London. The other centres outside the city include Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Northampton, Nottingham, Bristol, Leicester, Brighton and many more. In addition Tamils are to join this demonstration from other European cities including Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Rome, Amsterdam etc.
Some British and Scottish MPs have requested the British government not to allow the Commonwealth Games to be overshadowed by allowing President Rajapaksa to attend the Games as the chief guest.