Demonstrations have been held outside Singapore’s embassies around the world, calling on the country to arrest Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and prosecute him for genocide.
In Malaysia, a delegation led by Penang Deputy Chief Minister, Prof Ramasamy met with the Singapore High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vanu Gopala Menon, handing him a memorandum expressing the sentiments of Malaysian Tamils over Rajapaksa’s presence in the country.
“The criminal who had no sympathy or compassion for thousands of innocent Tamils, killed and raped women, should not have a place in a decent society like Singapore,” read the letter.
“We urge the Singapore government to take the decision to expel him from the country without delay.”
Elsewhere around the world, Eelam Tamils continued to call for Rajapaksa to be prosecuted for genocide.
In New York, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) head Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran met Singapore Embassy officials and handed over a call for Rajapksa to be prosecuted, as demonstrators protested outside.
Similar rallies were held in the UK, Germany and France.
Singapore authorities have told Rajapaksa that they would not extend his leave beyond the 15 days they had initially granted, but his presence in the country has angered the significant local Tamil population.
“I am upset, hurt and do feel betrayed in some sense but not surprised at the same time,” a local Singaporean Tamil told the Tamil Guardian this week.