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‘Killing Fields’ Protest: Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Lunch Hit By 3,000 Strong March In Central London – Evening Standard

By London Evening Standard –

The president of Sri Lanka was forced to cancel a keynote speech in London today as more than 3,000 Tamil protesters staged a flash demonstration at a Jubilee event attended by the Queen.

Police estimated that more than 1,500 pro-Tamil demonstrators turned out on the streets but eye witnesses at Pall Mall said there were closer to 3,000.

The Queen attended a lunch today with leaders of the Commonwealth as protesters massed outside.

She attended the event alone as the Duke of Edinburgh remained in hospital with a bladder infection.

She was joined by more than 70 guests, including Prime Minister David Cameron and leaders from across the association of nations, as they arrived to angry scenes.

A large group gathered outside Marlborough House in central London in opposition to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s presence at the meal.

Their chants echoed around the forecourt as guests arrived.

Mr Rajapakse was jeered as he swept through the main gate in a Range Rover. His car did not carry a flag because of security concerns.

The Queen spent a brief moment with Mr Rajapakse and appeared to fleetingly shake hands with him as she met guests at a reception in the Blenheim Saloon inside Marlborough House.

He was seated on the table directly to the Queen’s left with Babli Sharma, wife of the Commonwealth Secretary- General, Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his wife, and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his wife.

The 11 tables were named after flowers, with the Queen seated on the Golden Wattle table.

Mr Sharma welcomed the guests, saying: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all on this very special day in the history of the Commonwealth.”

The guests were served a Brie and avocado terrine followed by wild sea bass then an apple crumble souffle, apple pie ice cream and caramelised apple.

The meal was accompanied by South African wines.

Heads of state and representatives from Australia, Canada and the African nations were welcomed by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.

The Queen wore a floral print silk dress in shades of blue and grey by Stuart Parvin and a blue wool crepe hat to the formal lunch.

She seemed relaxed as she was handed a bouquet of flowers by nine-year-old Aduke Badale, the daughter of a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat staff.

Sri Lankan president Mr Rajapaksa, who has been accused of presiding over human rights abuses after allegations of war crimes by Sri Lankan armed forces, earlier cancelled an address in the City of London amid concerns about the protest.

Today’s protest was the first major Tamil demonstration in London since a series of massive demos across London three years ago.

Then tens of thousands of Tamil protesters caused huge disruption on central London and made several attempts to storm Parliament, costing Scotland Yard more than £12 million in overtime costs.

Police said today they were monitoring the gathering at the corner of St James Street and Pall Mall, close to where the Queen was attending the lunch.

Channel Four’s foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller tweeted: “Tamil protesters are wielding effigies of Rajapakse hanging from a gallows.”

Veno Siba, 22, a student from Ilford, said her parents left Sri Lanka to seek asylum 20 years ago.

She said the president should not be “eating with the Queen” when he is accused of committing war crimes.

She said: “We came here to stand and protest that he’s coming to London. How can the Queen not have seen what he’s done?

“It’s affected many people in many ways because they’ve lost family members or had people go there on holiday and not return.”

Mr Rajapaksa was due to give a keynote speech at a special Diamond Jubilee meeting of the Commonwealth Economic Forum on Wednesday morning, but the event’s organisers, the Commonwealth Business Council, stated on its website: “After careful consideration, the morning sessions of the Forum … will not take place.”

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said it had agreed to guarantee the president’s security but the CBC had “decided it was not in their interest to stage the event” because of the extent of the policing required and the likely disruption to the City of London.

Fred Carver, campaign director of the Sri Lanka Campaign, welcomed the news, calling it a “testament” to the campaign.

The protest was also aimed at the Hilton hotel on Park Lane where the president is staying.

There were huge protests in 2009 when the 26-year war in Sri Lanka, which claimed an estimated 70,000 lives, ended with government forces defeating the Tamil resistance.

The protests come after a Sri Lankan man, who was left scarred and suicidal after two weeks of torture, accused the British government of forcibly deporting asylum seekers who are then tortured in Sri Lanka.

The victim told the Guardian newspaper he was tortured over the space of 17 days after being deported from the UK last year.

His torturers accused him of passing on to British officials information about previous beatings at the hands of state officials and other human rights abuses to ruin diplomatic relations between the two countries.

 

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    The “peaceloving” Tamil diaspora show their true colors with their Tiger tshirts and flags. It is a travesty that so amny Western countries are blinded by the LTTE propaganda machine. Douby Scotland Yard even analyzed the cctv footage to identify the terrorists and their supports; had they been Arabs or Pakistanis you can bet your bottom dollar the footage would have been gone over with a fine tooth comb by MI5.

    WAKE UP WORLD, the Tamils are just as predisposed to terrorism as Arabs or Pakistanis.

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    Great! Rajapakse is an international Pariah and brings ridicule and disgrace to Lanka
    When will the Lankans in Colombo take to the streets to get rid of this criminal and his white van goon brothers. The Rajapakse regime is an INSULT to Sri lanka and has been DESTROYING EDUCATION which is the tree of life of any society and country, a most UNPATRIOTIC thing to do. The family are looting and destroying Lanka;s ability to generate knowledge and spending huge funds on sports shows instead.

    Sri Lanka today is all about bread and circuses – more corrupt tham it has ever been in its post colonial history. Rajapakse;s is the regime with the most number of murders on its hand and the one that has undermined every single institution by appointing its stooges who lack qualifications and expertise. People must get on the street and call for impeachment of that criminal at the Cenral Bank Nivard Cabraal who is crashing the economy.
    These goons are an insult to Buddhism!

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      John, sadly MR type of characters will survive till they are supported by the American Zionists as all these forces have committed War Crimes to achieve their ends. it is for this reason they are invited by the British Royalty and the Pope to boost the images of these scoundrels. It will take a while for the world to realise what is going on all over the world, where none is spared by the Zionist Forces in coercing, bribing, blackmailing and assasinating who stand in their way.

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    Started to cry again? did you try to find 10 differences between 2 pictures in your childhood? just compare the Tamil’s national flag and LTTE’s flag. You will see the difference. Tamil’s national flag is accepted globally.

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      A “globally accepted national flag” without a nation. Hik hik hik. And we still wonder why no one takes Tamils seriously.

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        no need to have nation to adopt national flag. We accept our parents and mother and father. No need international community to accept our parents. Tamils adopted their national flag. Hope you name tells you are [Edited out]

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    While the Rajapaksa’s are corrupt, and the allegations of war crimes in the North have to be addressed and investigated, the Tamil diaspora have a few questions to answer too. According to Wikileaks they rejected an US request to ask for the release of civilians from the terrorists. So why didn’t these “concerned” people, who show outrage and act out of control, do their best to make sure their own people were released and kept out of harms way?

    As for the Sri Lankan President, he should have stayed home. In fact, it is time he stopped globe trotting and deal with the problems at home.

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    Sri Lanka has graduated from HR Violations to War Crimes.
    President Rajapakse deserves the credit for that dubious distinction.
    The chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee said today at the confirmations hearings for Ambassador designate Michelle Sessions.

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    He urged an independent investigation into alleged war crimes, saying the issue would not go away “until the world sees results.”
    Unquote.

    Now the venue focused on the Vatican from London.
    From the Queen to the Pope.

    Rajapakse gave Tourism to Sri Lanka a big boost ” As the whole world watched the spectacle of the protest against Sri Lanka’s President”. He is doing his best to put Sri Lanka on the world map by “hook or by crook”.

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    losers talk…burning the national flag shows how educated r these goons..terrorism..bastard Preba..n LTTE has been defeated..waving the flag for which country..we all know how stupid u r…but dont show ur stupidity to world…

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      Terrorist, what have you to say when Sinhalese mobs led by prominent Buddhist Priests have burnt effigies and burnt National Flags of other countries?

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    Rotten eggs thrown at the Rajapakse entourage!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Spoil egg threw towards Mahinda’s vehicle
    [ Wednesday, 06 June 2012, 03:27.55 PM GMT +05:30 ]
    Eelam Tamil people threw spoil egg towards the vehicle of Sinhala president Mahinda Rajapaksa today.
    President Rajapaksa schedule to take part in the Lunch at Paul Maul palace this afternoon. While on his way to palace group of Eelam Tamil people gathered at the area continuously threw spoil eggs towards vehicle of president Rajapaksa. This attack carried out at 12.00 pm this afternoon.

    International Tamil Coordination association (Anaithulaga Tamilar Orunginaipu Kulu )has gathered large number of people and made arrangements to organize this protest.

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    Shattered elam dream written all over the face of people in these pictures,should try elam in UK don’t give up

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    doll blugers, criminals,theives,terrorists having annual get together

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    Dear Poor Queen,your Great Ancestors had sacrified their lives to conquer the world.they looted and robbed our heritage.but they did for a cause,to build a great Kingdom.how sad you even can’t celebrate your Diamond Jubilee today.

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