The Tamil Diaspora in the UK protested against President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was visiting the country on the invitation of Queen Elizabeth, two years ago. This protest forced Mahinda to return to Sri Lanka with his group of supporters which included Army commanders involved in killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in Month of May 2009 in Mullivaikkal.
President Mahinda and his Army are also accused of killing more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flag after UN negotiated the surrender. This UN negotiated surrender and killing of surrendered LTTE Leaders by Sri Lankan Army after the surrender has made UN negotiations worthless in future to other conflicting parties around the world as UN officials involved in negotiation have gone silent, who are believed to have been bribed in millions of dollars by the Sri Lankan government to stay silent of the negotiation.
One of the UN officials when questioned by the journalists about the surrender and killing had said that after negotiating the White flag surrender with the Sri Lankan government he had ”gone to sleep and he is not sure how many surrendered or killed after the said surrender”. He and his family members are now very close to the Government of Sri Lanka and are having a red carpet treatment when ever they visit Sri Lanka.
In London hotel President Mahinda had asked the Army commander to leave London as it was possible that he was to be arrested for War Crime and the President Mahinda who was also accused of War Crimes was safe under the diplomatic cover.
But the said Army commander refused to leave without the President and eventually President cut short his stay and left London with the Army commander due to fear of being arrested for War Crime.
The Sri Lankan embassy said that the protest was so chaotic that the President’s vehicle was attacked with bottles and cans by the protesting Tamils who’s next of skins were killed by the Sri Lankan forces. When media reported the incident then, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied it as it was a democratically held protest and no one had broken the law.
Tamil demonstrations in UK have always been peaceful and held within the law of the country.
But the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris has admitted the fact in a letter sent recently to the UK.
He had stated in the letter, he had written to inform that President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the President of the Commonwealth, would not take part in the World War I Commemorative Service of the Commonwealth as the President’s official vehicle was attacked during the previous visit.
He further stated that the UK had failed to provide security to the President earlier and therefore, the President would not participate in this event.