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Tamils across Commonwealth protest against Rajapaksa visit

Across the Commonwealth nations, Tamils have protested against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

An event held in Auckland, New Zealand saw Tamils brave the extreme weather conditions to hold banners and placards, denouncing Rajapaksa as a war criminal.

Canadian Tamils too held a demonstration outside the British Consulate-General in Toronto, calling for the arrest of the Sri Lankan President.

Photograph courtesy of TamilNet

In Chennai, 19 political parties and grassroot organisations handed a memo into British mission, registering their protest at Rajapaksa's invitation.

See reports for all three events from TamilNet here, here and here.

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