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‘Gotabaya is a genocider and environment destroyer’ - Protest in Belgium against COP26 visit

Photo Credit: thaarakam.net

On Friday, 29 October 2021, protestors gathered in front of the British Embassy in Belgium, condemning Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's visit to Glasglow, Scotland. 

Demonstrators handed over a petition demanding accused war criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

Belgium's Tamil Coordinating Committee organized the protest. Demonstrators could be seen holding signs labelled "Gotabaya is a genocider and war criminal and an environment destroyer." 

Photo Credit: thaarakam.net

Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Glasgow yesterday, 30 October, for the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). However, demonstrators in Belgium held up signs stating, "You are inviting a sand miner of our homeland to an environmental forum." 

Read more: Gotabaya in Glasgow ahead of mass protests

"Gotabaya stop land grabbing in [the] Tamil homeland," displayed another protestor's sign. 

Similar protests were also seen in Strasbourg, France, condemning Rajapaksa's visit to Scotland.

Further, a few days ago, images of the Sri Lankan president were projected onto Scottish buildings, including the Scottish parliament, calling for justice for the Tamil genocide. 

Read more : ‘Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, Wanted for Genocide’ – Scottish Parliament lit up ahead of Gotabaya visit

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