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By Supun Dias

A large crowd has gathered outside the UN office in Colombo to stage a protest against UN Chief Ban Ki Moon’s decision to appoint an Expert Panel. Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa is leading the protest.

More than a 1000 protestors have gathered outside the UN office in Bauddhaloka Mawatha. 

The protestors have put down a police barricade near the UN office and have got on top of the UN parapet wall and are staging the protest against the UN Secretary General.

The protestors have also begun a 'sathyagraha' until Ban Ki Moon reverts his decision.

Weerawansa had last week urged the public to surround the UN office in Sri Lanka and trap the staff inside until a decision was taken by the UN Secretary General to dissolve the panel he appointed on Sri Lanka.

The UN last week responded by saying its security officials were monitoring the comments made by Weerawansa and said there was an indication the government may apologise to the comments made by the government minister. (Daily Mirror online).

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  • BUGGER Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:55 AM

    By Wimals action he is justifying the UN SG decision

    Isuru Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:59 AM

    Lol. What a definition!!!

    steve Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:01 AM

    No Upul. so you try to justify GOSL act with terrorist acts against UN?

    Faqi Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:01 AM

    The UN Office could pack just pack up and leave. What the hell could S/L do if they did that? This is shameful. We are getting like a banana republic and would become the laughing stock of the world.

    Rushdi al Ayad Tuesday, 06 July 2010 11:28 AM

    for people who dont know, THE UN IS THE BIGGEST FRAUD IN THE WORLD
    WHAT IS HAPPENING IN PALESTINE

    Bluff Bluff Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:06 AM

    What is the definition an ordinary, peace loving citizen of Sri Lanka can give to this other than "Terrorism"

    Dee Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:09 AM

    why not come over? too hot?

    sarath Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:09 AM

    This man who said he would remove plug from world bank.Now he is silent about loan obtained from IMF.There is no medicene for foolish work.

    Mahesh Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:16 AM

    Yeah, you said it clearly- it was done by terrorists not by Government.....So, do you agree SL government is also terrorist?

    Rif Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:31 AM

    barking to the moon

    Thomas Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:41 AM

    Is there is a government in place in Colombo? Looks like the Lawless Somalia, where everyone is a President, King etc

    Tiptop Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:43 AM

    Looks like to heat is on. Who is trying to fool whom?

    Ananda S Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:43 AM

    People should not damage any property, but the demonstration is reasonable. Ban Ki Moon should be impeached from UN.

    sampath Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:44 AM

    In the world, only our government is threating the UN, wonderful. This is also to be recorded in the world book.

    Unesh Fernando Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:47 AM

    r u inviting WW to do the same. u r encouraging a fool with out a brain man.

    Matara Kolla Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:45 AM

    Minister you are bringing the Parliament to disrepute by your action. What would you do next - take up arms ? Please get back to your desk and start running your Ministry before getting caught in quicksand.

    Josh Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:49 AM

    how did so many people gather at this place which is a high security zone and who gave these people permission to put up tents in there???

    Mr Serious Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:52 AM

    Weerawansa is trying to be the "panchaaudaya" for the nation. he should have been sent him to front lines to see how he fared. this guy is so BOGUS!

    Uragodage Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:52 AM

    Srilanka is not property owned by either Wimal or Rajapakse family to tarnish the image of our country by taking tit for tat actions like this.

    patriot Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:52 AM

    Best time and place to make prompt demonstration and exhibition showing the killings and damages done to the country by terrorist to bankimoon and the world.

    Jagath Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:57 AM

    it is not worth commenting on this man's actions. We will also look fools.

    maluman Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:57 AM

    If weerawansa wants UN and IMF to pull out, let them pull out and see what happens. Thousands of IDPs will starve to death, Sri lanka will not be able to get loans to pay basic salaries to state sector, etc. Some people like to talk big but do not think of repurcussions.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:58 AM

    The impact of GSP+ withdrawal????

    krish Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:55 AM

    ya independent country for hasty people............ like u

    ind Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:59 AM

    Protest is OK. But be careful not to damage anything.

    POL MAMA Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:59 AM

    THIS SHOWS THE AGRRESIVE ATTITUDE BY CERTAIN POLITICIAN LIKE WEERAWANSA- TARNSIHING THE COUNTRY IMAGE

    chaminda Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:59 AM

    When ministers have nothing else to do they host events like these. Because they do not have any understanding on their own duties, and to resolve issues in deplomatic way.

    STF Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:00 AM

    Wel Done Wimal,

    Keep it up, Mahinda wimal Gota are the hero

    bash Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:01 AM

    Now Sri Lanka attacking the UN, earlier any Tamils/group critical of the regime was attacked... Are they planning to hang the staff ???

    J Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:04 AM

    This man doest have brain, what he wants next keep hostage of employee of UN. If not dismiss Expert panel does he going to kill them ???

    RajasH Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:05 AM

    I agree that Moon should be booted. He is a man of double standards.

    Nimal Tuesday, 06 July 2010 09:01 AM

    Once again SL is being tarnished by foolish politicians.

    RajasH Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:07 AM

    Dont worry Moon will call this is a non violent protest and will praise the protesters for showing restrain.

    Lam Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:07 AM

    hostage taken is on the way

    mohandevandev Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:10 AM

    Brilliant.............get the the tiger proxies kicked out of Sri Lanka

    mohandevandev Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:11 AM

    Modayanta behetha nene ! for you people if white masters says anything you have to bend & agree, i guess that's what your gut says........... what to do !

    PBJ Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:11 AM

    Weerawansa has no other option to be a puppet hero , and so to fool some of the people all the time .

    nalin Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:12 AM

    Is this action by the Minister endorsed by the President & the
    Govt.?

    love lanka Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:14 AM

    Mr. Minister, you can be a hero among your voters, but it looks you a nutts among World community, can you assure that UN / EU going to change their stance because of this mugabe-style " rubgy match"?

    citizen1 Tuesday, 06 July 2010 12:21 PM

    This seems to have some ''backing''. Thug elements with legal blessing!

    ajith Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:17 AM

    MR,Please get this mad max out of the issue.He is making you more trouble.He is going out of control and tie him some where.

    Farshard Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:18 AM

    This days no work for wimal???

    Tiptop Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:19 AM

    Sri Lanka is a member of the UN. If the UN is so bad why not pull out of the UN and say bye bye. Please not that the charter of the UN is to protect the rights of the people with no borders.

    Concerned Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:24 AM

    When Inter University students were getting ready for a protest in Colombo a few weeks ago, many roads were closed and barricaded. Are there any road closed in Colombo today?

    Ramzeel Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:30 AM

    OMG, isnt there a person to muzzle this canine. Why is the Police not taking action against these protestors and charge them in the courts, MP or not..

    paul Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:31 AM

    The United Nations represents every nation in the world and, dispite some differences, has the respect of every country in the world. Todays events mean that the Sri Lankan government, through it's minister, has waged war against the world...good luck!

    CP Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:33 AM

    I am wondering what has happened to those water bowsers, Tear gas, buses and black dressed arm police , who act swiftly if it is an anti government protest, what have you been doing till they climed a parapet wall of UN office by using police barricades. Why double standards!!!!!

    Freeman Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:35 AM

    we should solve this matter diplomatically and professionally. instead of throwing nationalist ideals at the UN and threatening them. This action only ruins our already tarnished image.

    Ravana Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:40 AM

    where is the riot police? what about the water canons ? Is that only for opposition protests !

    spark Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:40 AM

    It is a shame to the credibility of the country having ministers like Weerawansa. It is a further worse shame to have citizens of this country participating in the antics of such ministers.

    dinesh Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:41 AM

    This protest tarnishes our image only and does no good.

    Damien Perera Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:41 AM

    Is thousand a large crowd. Even 10000 is unlikely to be considered large by Ban or the UN. They are used to seeing hundreds of thousands which they have ignored in the past.

    dave Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:43 AM

    Well done Weera, if we are there in SL we could have joined. All people should join with him. This is the need of the hour. We are with you.

    Upul Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:45 AM

    No Sampath. You are a frog in the well. There were bombings at UN offices in Pakisthan and Baghdad. And in African region, the terrorists even kill UN staff!!

    local boy Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:46 AM

    sir, our government is brave because of china and russias' firm stand on this issue. feel india too silently supports

    Musthafa Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:52 AM

    THIS IS GOOD ACTION, WE ARE SRI LANKAN- WE HAVE OUR RIGHT TO FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. BANKI MOON MUST UNDERSTAND THAT SRI LANKA A IS INDEPENDENT COUNTRY WITH SELF RESPECT- WEERA- GO AHEAD

    Handipora Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:53 AM

    What a shame. Country is being brought to disrepute. Weerawansa has shown his true colours of yesteryear. Should we Sri Lankans at large become bait for his ploys to cut a figure of himself in the political arena???

    Sicillian Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:54 AM

    First step to getting into more trouble.

    sltk2004 Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:00 AM

    Isn't this inside a high-security zone - with lots of military installations close by ? How can this go on ?

    nifla Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:03 AM

    WAIT! YOU WILL BE REWA RDED WITH SANCTIONS. YOU MAY BUY A LOAF OF BREAD FOR Rs 100,000 LIKE SIMBAWE

    R.Dias Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:01 AM

    A - SUBA ANAAGATHAYAKA PERA NIMITHI

    suwimal Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:10 AM

    Two or more wrongs do not make a right.

    Sena2 Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:11 AM

    The protests are against an individual, namely, Ban ki Moon who has acted in an arbitrary manner against a sovereign member of the UN, without any reference to or authority from the Security Council. Sri Lankans have an inalienable right to voice their concerns against Moon's decision in a manner that does not result in any violence.

    Tharaka Chanaka Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:12 AM

    although Wimal jumped sides, he still shows his JVP colours...

    colin lupton Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:31 PM

    A nice country wasted by greedy politicians and extremists!

    baba Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:16 AM

    so called most pecefull and democratic countries allowed LTTE to stage protest apposite SL embassis and even criminal activities such as damaging and burning properties.

    MAHINDA PERIS Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:13 AM

    ITS A SHAME ON THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE SOME THUGS RUNNING THE GOVT

    Kadira Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:17 AM

    For some in this forum why should not we Sri Lankans protest at the high handed acts of the UN against this nation? WHY? WHY? WHY?

    Holman Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:24 AM

    Government sponsored with Police protection.

    Faqi Mohamed Farook Wednesday, 07 July 2010 11:17 AM

    With the support of the Sinhala Government !

    Dhamsen Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:56 AM

    Yes, Ananda.If he is sincere in his duty first of all he should have appointed a panel to look into same issues in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    john Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:58 AM

    So Sri Lanka has joined all the troubled states like Pakistan, Iraq and other African sates. The country has a literacy rate over 80%, still common sence does not prevail.

    Josh Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:40 AM

    the "patriot" bringing more disgrace to the country.....

    simple mind Tuesday, 06 July 2010 11:12 AM

    So why not leave your cushy life and come join the hoi pollas .

    Sri Lankan in Dubai Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:45 AM

    I thought that Weerawansa made 200,000 Plus votes from colombo during the election. All he could gather was 1000 for his mission against UN? Guess 199,000 votes may have been the so called computer jilmart. People like Weerawansa should always be carefull when picketing because the true vote base shows. Not good for the bargaining with MR for posts.

    Venkat Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:48 AM

    Ban ki Moon's 3 man panel is not offical UN panel and if SL is clean in conducting this war why Wimal or any one is bothering too much about this ?

    Arshad Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:50 AM

    W.W. should not create more problems to this country when we are already in a difficult situation. Ultimately not W.W , M.R. or the Govt who looses but ordinary poor citizens of this country

    nikita Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:50 AM

    Our chance to become another Terrorist state. eureka

    nikita Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:52 AM

    absolutely, if we had not violated HR why we worry. We could clean our name on their expences


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