By Westminster Insider –
At 06:30 hrs BST (British Summer Time) 04-06-12 Scotland Yard informed diaspora activists that Mahinda Rajapakse has departed Colombo . A place has been allocated in front of Hotel Hilton, Park Lane, London for demonstration against Rajapaksa.
Rajapakse changed his travel plans at the last minute due to massive disruptions planned by activists. Officers On Watch and security details were changed every 2 hours at Colombo -similar to the civil war- to prevent information seeping out. Scotland Yard Firearms Officers were actively encouraging protests at Heathrow yesterday told protesters they would do the same if their families had suffered like Tamils.
It is now apparent, that Rajapakse’s travel plans were disrupted by diaspora activists even before he returned from Bangkok. He was due to depart Colombo on Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL 503 on 03-06-12. With news seeping out of his itinerary diaspora activists targeted this flight. Over 1,000 protestors arrived at Heathrow waving flags and chanting slogans. Such a disruption is unprecedented since the ending of the civil war.
Scotland Yard suggest protests be carried by carried out today as well outside Dorchester and Hilton hotels, but a place has been already allocated in front of Hotel Hilton, Park Lane, London for demonstration against Rajapaksa.
As of 23:00 hors BST 03-06-12, there were no police sentries outside the Dorchester Hotel. However, there was heavy police presence at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane with every entrance and exit covered. A police sergeant confirmed that the President of Namibia was staying there. No doubt, many other VIPs will lodge there as well. Also two police sentries mounted guard outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in Hyde Park Gardens.
Meanwhile Colombo based Daily Mirror quoting Presidential Spokesman Bandula Jayasekara says, President Mahinda Rajapaksa already arrived in London to attend the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebrations. And Colombo Based Sunday Times quoting Spokesman for the President’s office says President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ms Rajapaksa left for Britain last night to attend the diamond jubilee celebrations.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: 11 am April 4, 2012
An earlier version of this article said that Rajapakse has departed Colombo on Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL 503 to arrive at London Heathrow at 20:05hrs BST.