There were a number of arrests at yesterday’s cricket semi-final India v Sri Lanka at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff, attended by 15,000 people. Officers facilitated a mostly peaceful protest outside the venue, South Wales Police told Colombo Telegraph.
Six men have been charged with aggravated trespass on the pitch and three men have been charged with criminal damage to a car, a public order offence, and assault outside the venue. They are all on police bail to appear at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on July 7.
One man has been given a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly and another arrested on suspicion of disorder remains in police custody, said South Wales Police.
Protesters trespassed, carrying a placard reading ‘40,000 Commonwealth Citizens massacred by Rajapaksa’ with a Tamil Eelam flag draped around his shoulders.
Tamil activists from the ‘Boycott Sri Lankan Cricket’ campaign staged a demonstration outside Swalec stadium in Cardiff calling on countries to suspend sporting ties with Sri Lanka, and support a call for an international, independent investigation into the mass atrocities of 2009.