Diaspora groups are planning to rally against President Maithripala Sirisena who is due to arrive in London this evening.
The President, who is due to land at the Heathrow airport this evening at 20:00 GMT to initiate his three-day visit in the UK, will be faced with spontaneous protestors who will be expressing their solidarity with the protestors in Jaffna who took to the streets demanding justice.
“British Tamils from all over the country are due to gather before the Airport this evening, to note that although there is a change in the Sri Lankan government, the oppressive conditions in Eelam yet continue unabated.” one Tamil activist told Colombo Telegraph.
The organisers of this protest state the only diaspora group that would not be participating is the Global Tamil Forum.
President Sirisena was the acting Minister of Defence during the final two weeks of the war in Sri Lanka and therefore is bound by a command responsibility with concern to the war crimes allegations leveled at Sri Lanka including the white-flag issue. “He is a war criminal” a Tamil diaspora activist told Colombo Telegraph.
President visited UK to attend the Commonwealth Day Observances on March 9 and during his visit, he is also due to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron.