By Westminster Insider –
Several songs have been composed urging British Tamils to rally together and extend President Rajapakse a ‘warm’ welcome. One is a remix of the popular Tamil song ‘Kolaveri’. Facebook pages and email distribution lists have also been created by activists who have also been twittering and sending thousands of SMS messages. All three Tamil language television channels and Tamil radio stations have been urging British Tamils to come together and demonstrate. Since the Mullaivaikal remembrance weekend the diaspora has been solely focused on the Rajapakse visit.
As news of Rajapakse’s visit seeped out, the diaspora began buzzing on how to counter it. Grass roots activists began lobbying MPs. Party activists had meetings with ministers and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) mandarins. Several meetings were also held with senior police officers in Scotland Yard.
The message from the establishment has been unequivocal. The United Kingdom is a free country and everyone has a right to protest. Furthermore, that such protest should be legal and the police should be informed. However, if British Tamils and human rights activists wish to exercise their democratic right and choose to protest, then it is entirely their prerogative. Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) has once again given the green light to all those who seek to disrupt Rajapakse’s visit once again.
FCO mandarins have made it clear, contrary reports in the Sri Lankan press, that Rajapakse has not secured any high level meetings with members of HMG. And, while the Prime Minister and Rajapakse may be in the same room at a jubilee event with other heads of government, any meeting will not be exclusive. However, if discussions take place between the two in such an environment, they will be “tough”.
The only person who may be granted a high level meeting with HMG in Rajapakse’s entourage will be Professor Peiris. A meeting with the Rt Hon William Hague PC MP, the Foreign Secretary, has been pencilled in. FCO mandarins think that although being a dove, he is compelled to defend the regime’s line despite not believing it. Furthermore, it is thought that meetings with Peiris will not result in any damaging backblast to the establishment unlike Rajapakse.
The reality is that the FCO did not want Rajapakse to come. He is invited by the Commonwealth Secretariat (CS) as a part of its jubilee celebrations. Both the FCO and the CS had lengthy conversations on the suitability of inviting Rajapakse. Its Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma was aware of the backlash that Rajapkse’s 2010 visit had generated. However the CS did not have the choice of excluding the next host of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting.
While Rajapakse himself cannot be touched due to the diplomatic immunity he enjoys, everyone in London is watching his entourage. A top firm of Solicitors who specialise in human rights work have been retained with leading Queen’s Counsel briefed to secure an arrest warrant for anyone travelling with him tainted by allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Diaspora activists have received information that Rajapakse will be arriving on Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL505 on the night of the 3rd of June at terminal four in Heathrow airport. VIP clearance has been requested and granted. If Rajapakse sticks to this plan, there is no doubt whatsoever that he will receive a very ‘warm’ welcome on arrival. Of course, now that this is in the public domain it may be liable to change.
It is not clear where he and his entourage will stay, but once again the Dorchester hotel is the obvious choice. It is in very close proximity to the Sri Lankan High Commission. If there is risk of a warrant being served, one can easily flee to ‘Sri Lankan soil’ in the High Commission at Hyde Park Gardens.
It will be an eventful week whichever way you look at it. For Her Majesty’s subjects this is a unique opportunity to celebrate her remarkable reign. It is only the second time in British history we celebrate such an event. It could be for Rajapakse and his entourage as well on his arrival, when delivers his speech at the Mansion House on the 6th of June or during the intervening period.
M J / June 2, 2012
Hope he will not be arrested.
Lady gaga / June 3, 2012
The fact is that next year when it comes time for the Commonwealth meetings in Lanka the Brits will have to demonstrate their seriousness and boycott it – given the pace of the non-implementation of the LRRC report!
Like the Bahrain Formula One the people of Lanka will get a sens of the extent to which Rajapakse STINKS in the international community!
Something is indeed rotten in Lanka and that is its ruling family!
lanka / June 5, 2012
The fact is that Sri lankans are still the target of LTTE terrorist supporting Tamil Diaspora rump abroad.
Ben Oofana / June 3, 2012
I sincerely hope they do to Rajapaksa what he perpetrated against the many thousands of innocent Tamil civilians in Mullaivaikal
Rubert Vanderkoon / June 3, 2012
You mean Nanthikadal? They were terrorists.
ss / June 5, 2012
yes,long, long time ago they were innocent civilians….before they were brainwashed, trained, given arms and were made ‘TERRORISTS’ . now you can call them ‘Innocent terrorist’???
JUDE / June 5, 2012
THEN YOU BLAME Praba .
Wickee / June 5, 2012
Civilians or members of hardcore ‘Mahavir’ families?
lanka / June 5, 2012
Don’t talk about things you have learnt from LTTE terrorist propaganda. Visit Sri Lanka and then comment.
Nirosh / June 3, 2012
In Buddhist perspective this is called “Ditta Dhamma Vedaniya Kamma” meaning you reap the harvest of your deeds in front of your eyes! And there will be more to follow in his successive lives!
SERUVILA SENARATH / June 3, 2012
I totally agree with Mr Nirosh.
Rubert Vanderkoon / June 3, 2012
For getting rid of terrorists?
Wickee / June 5, 2012
If you go by ‘Ditta Damma Vedaniya Kamma’ concept, President Rajapakse should be the most blessed person for saving millions of Sri Lankan lives from the terrorists.
Mr. Nirosh, I assume you are one of those ‘diaspora’ guys. Please think a second to realise that blood is in your hands. If you donated a single Pound to terrorists your hands are covered with the blood of innocent sri lankans who were brutally killed by LTTE.
Rubert Vanderkoon / June 3, 2012
Here we go again. Colombo Telegraph is busy batting for the diaspora. However, no need to worry too much, one million Brits will gather in London to celebrate Her Majesty’s remarkable reign and they will perhaps take care of the protesting terrorist loonies. Diaspora should get a life and spend their millions (which they can’t spend on bullets and missiles anymore) on the poor families in the North who lost their breadwinners fighting to fulfill one maniac’s dream.
NAK / June 4, 2012
Now that the terrorist diaspora has got the green light to protest they should really mess up the celebrations. Then only the the stupid brits will learn their lesson.
West is the best / June 5, 2012
Good old white masters will reserve one cold and humid corner surrounded by a metal fence for our diaspora to demonstrate peacefully without disturbing anybody.
Gama / June 5, 2012
Like Brits used these guys as koolies in the tea estates back then in Sri Lanka, now Brits use these asylum seekers and terrorist remnants as koolies to work in there toilets. Thanks for keeping all this bastards in your land, and Sri Lanka do not need them at all.
Vasu / June 5, 2012
Gota, Basil and Sarath went abroad for same reasons, to do odd jobs and to earn money. Later they invested the money looted from Tamil IDPs, kidnappings etc., in their shops, super market etc.,
What is your imagination if you write this kind of bullshit while spending the money sent by your brother in law, father in law or your wife? Do they work as diplomats in foreign countries?
Have you ever been to Libanon? SL women work as slaves in household, 95% of them are Sinhalese. Have you been to Italy? Most Srilankans work as koolies, using your term and 99% of them are Sinhalese
By the way “Bastard” is a term used by English to express for people who is not English, that means you, the person Gama is a bastard in English and kooli is a term used for south asians work in their colonial countries. It means you as a person Gama a koolie.
MaRa is not welcome in UK. You know the political standpoint of UK in terms of war crimes etc., Why do you send your most valuable juwel to UK?
Hard to understand, what?
saram paul / June 5, 2012
i am totaly agree with your idea
best answer for them
Vimal / June 5, 2012
Awesome comment ‘West is best’ hahahahaha!
Sri-Lankan-Lover / June 5, 2012
My dear Tamil friends,
England is not your mother land,so think twice befor you criticise the
Sri-Lankan president and the country of Sri-Lanka ok?
You know why one day you all will be kicked out from England.If not
your children after children will be kicked out if not today may be
tomorrow or after 10 or 100 years.Please remember this.Once you go
to London or other European countries your skin colour will not become
white.Please dont try to harm or hurt your country of Sri-Lanka.
I know what is hapening now?You all are sitting in the European cool
countries wearing ties and corts and stimulating your own Tamil people
in Sri-Lanka and trying to make unrest in their life.You all distroye
Sri-Lanka for 30years.Govt.cnnot repair this dammage within 3 years.
I am kindly requesting you all please dont try to diturb your Tamil
people in Sri-Lanka and let them try to have their life without your
indirect or direct prickings.
Proud to be Sri Lankan / June 5, 2012
Sri Lankan- Lover, I could not agree with you more. It is enough we were divided had enouigh bloodshed for 30 years. The Tamils in UK did not fight the war. They somehow migrated to UK and lived comfortably. The innocent child soldiers and the civilians had to suffer due to the war. The suffering is enough. Let us move on as one country, one nation and one Sri Lanka.
gunadasa / June 5, 2012
“NAHIVERENA VERANI SAMMANTHIDA KUDACHANAM, AVERENACHA SAMMANTHI ESA DHAMMO SANANTHANO” diaspora tamills please try to understand the meaning of this stanza from dhamma pada if ever you understand this you will have eternal peace.
Nan / June 5, 2012
The president of SL Rajapaske brought FREEDOM to ALL Sri Lankans & mostly to the tamil community in SL.
No more Child soldiers = Now school kids
No more suicide bombers = Now converted to SL citizens
No more random bombing = Now permanent peace.
Some of these LTTers shall remember:
U received FREE education / health care & many other goodies in SL .
U shall NOT spit on your motherland. Actually your motherland is T NADU
As U see brits will deport U guys back to SL the moment they can.
For them: U are just a bunch of cheap immigrants. With ever higher jobless rate in UK U wouldn’t be welcome over there soon.
What U gonna do then: A FREE flight ticket back to SL.
Beside U tamils never change. One need to watch an SL arrival flights in UK , Germany, France etc.
They look like the central bus station of Jaffna, often its shameful to board a flight with these SCUM. Looks like a direct flight to Mumbay