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Digital campaign takes off in Scotland ahead of Rajapaksa visit

As Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa prepares to visit Glasgow tomorrow, a campaign by Scottish Tamil activists went digital this week, protesting against his visit to the country.

Alongside newspaper adverts and projections on landmarks across Scotland, a set of online advertisements were placed in The Herald and other websites this week.

Over 50,000 adverts were reportedly based strategically targeting postcodes in Glasgow, where Rajapaksa is set to speak at a side event on nitrogen use.

The adverts warn that Rajapaksa – nicknamed The Terminator - will be visiting Glasgow, and states that the Sri Lankan armed forces committed a genocide.

“Scotland must not allow a man accused of such crimes to ever step foot in the country, unless he’s heading to a court or a jail,” said Nilavan, an activist who helped organise the campaign.

“We will make sure everyone in Scotland, and around the world, will know of the crimes he is responsible for. He cannot and will not be allowed to escape justice.”


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