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Sri Lankan government to lodge complaint over Tamil protest in London

Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabry said his government would "express its displeasure with the British government" against the protest held by Tamils in London, at a time when Sri Lanka was holding its 76th Independence Day Celebrations and Tamils worldwide marked it as a 'Black Day'.

Sabry reportedly said that Sri Lankan government’s displeasure over the incident would be conveyed to the United Kingdom through the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. He also said that the government in Sri Lanka would bring to the notice of the Foreign Ministry in the UK that an organization banned in Sri Lanka and other countries was protesting in London, but did not specify which organisation he was talking about.

On February 4 this year, over 1,000 Tamils rallied through central London today to mark Sri Lanka's independence day as a 'black day' for the Tamil nation.For decades, the Tamil nation have rejected the day as they continue to be oppressed by the Sri Lankan state and lack basic rights. 

The demonstration began outside Sri Lankan's High Commission in central London, where the protesters held the national flag of Tamil Eelam outside the High Commission. Protesters held placards that read 'Tamil Eelam is the only solution' and 'Not just war crimes, it's planned genocide' amongst many others. The rally then left the High Commission and moved through Hyde Park Place, Marble Arch, Trafalgar Square before heading to Parliament Square. 

Addressing the crowd at Parliament Square, Jensiya Junis, the International Diplomatic Council of Tamil Eelam's UK Advocacy Officer said that while Sri Lanka celebrates its independence from Britain, it marked the beginning of a dark period for the Tamil nation. 

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