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UK respects right to protest

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Responding to the allegations of the Sri Lankan government who  charged that the law enforcement authority in the UK had failed in its duty, spokesman for the British High Commission Sarah Mann said that Britain respects the legitimate right of its citizens to protest.  “ We respect the legitimate right of UK citizens to protest, but this has to be balanced with the right to free speech” she said.

Speaking on the cancellation of the proposed speech by President Rajapaksha at the Commonwealth Business Council, the spokesman said that the cancellation was not a government decision “ This was not a government decision: CBC is independent.  CBC took its decision after careful consideration of the potential impact that large-scale policing of the protests would have had on the City and we respect that decision. ” she said. (Hafeel Farisz)

 
 

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-99+170 # aj 2012-06-15 18:15
Thanks UK
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-76+114 # channa 2012-06-15 21:04
So These terrorist supporters can wave LTTE flags, which is an banned organisation in UK. How pathetic.
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-7+7 # TMA 2012-06-17 15:24
In UK there's no restriction 2 wave flags. There R even Satanic churches there
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-11+17 # knowthegame 2012-06-16 10:55
Yes, yes. Thanx also for getting involved in Sri Lankan Police affairs.
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-33+45 # vinci 2012-06-15 18:17
whatever dude.
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-74+211 # freelanka 2012-06-15 18:21
Good response! Just because the Government of Sri Lanka and friends thinks it's alright to hit their citizens with water cannons and tear gas, live bullets and whips when they are peacefully protesting, doesnt mean the rest of the civilised world acts the same way.
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-26+48 # DJ 2012-06-16 10:29
Well said dude.. But shall we plan a protest agaist UK with Al-Qaeda flags and members?? And the response from UK. would be."UK govt deeply regrets about the recent protests in Colombo and expect GoSL to take actions to avoid such situations in future".blah..blah.. Any bet we can justify this saying it is freedom of expression??!! Double standard of highest order!!
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-13+24 # Sumedha 2012-06-16 16:27
DJ...that will probably even result in sanctions and drone strikes. Those bastards are two-faced.
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-10+12 # Galu Putha 2012-06-17 02:03
UK citizens has right to protest and government will not fire at them

If srilankan government fire at thier citizens in protests, dont expect that to happen in other countries
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-5+12 # DJ 2012-06-17 11:04
UK will release police dogs and batton charge and arrest protestors like in London protests, but not at Tamil terrorist protests!!
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-8+7 # TMA 2012-06-17 15:34
U don't seem 2 understand the difference between riots & protests
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-54+164 # NelumK 2012-06-15 18:22
Ha ha! what a nice 'Slap' on Sri Lankan face of democracy of freedom of speech and right to protest! Hope our government learns a lesson of the importance of all protests and freedom of the civilians to voice their opinion and ban it's white van from existence!
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-90+136 # S.K 2012-06-15 18:29
UK Tamils like other Tamils all over the world are hard working British citizens. Thay have legitimate right to protest and the protests are always peaceful.
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-51+72 # VW 2012-06-15 22:38
Your first sentence is correct. But protests are not peaceful always. The right to protest does not include carrying the flag of a banned ruthless terrorist organization
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-34+86 # Sam 2012-06-15 18:30
Kehellella, hoooo......
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-28+63 # Richardson 2012-06-15 22:11
What a donkey, U K is not a banana Republic
MR is no god for them Mr. Kolikuttu Keheliya
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-47+115 # hello 2012-06-15 18:37
When will SL Govt spokesmen learn? Outside world don't buy SL trying to connect legitimate protests with terrorism.
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-21+34 # DJ 2012-06-16 10:36
Better carryout ligitimate protests minus terrorist leader's photos and flags. Till it is done Tamil protestors = Tamil Tiger terrorists!!
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-85+133 # Dinithi 2012-06-15 18:38
Protesting is fine. Protesting with LTTE flags, flag of a banned terrorist group, is the problem.
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-72+130 # Nodrog 2012-06-15 18:44
Does the UK also respect the right to display the flag of a banned terrorist organization at these protests? Will Muslims be allowed to display an Al Queda flag?
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-6+67 # Chandana A 2012-06-15 19:53
GIVE IT A TRY!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
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-9+16 # Em 2012-06-16 09:39
They actually don't have an official flag
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-4+3 # TMA 2012-06-17 15:33
Actually they protest with slogans like 'Death to the West' inside UK. No arrests, live bullets or tear gas
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-28+94 # Dalu banda 2012-06-15 18:50
What the Minister Weerawansa has to say about this?
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-20+19 # Barath 2012-06-15 20:58
Imperialism.

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-33+79 # pee da mossa 2012-06-15 20:05
Tell me Sarah, would your government respect the IRA's or Taliban's or Al Quida's sympathizers' right to protest even if they happen to be British citizens?
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-5+1 # anish 2012-06-17 21:43
LTTE is a freedom fighting organisation. Idiots living in wells like frogs.
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-22+49 # Dadoriya 2012-06-15 20:21
Mother of democracy.
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-50+61 # chen 2012-06-15 20:29
We are very grateful to UK government for allowing Tamils to protest
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-46+69 # terror 2012-06-15 21:17
You mean thanks UK for allowing LTTE terrorist supporters to protest.
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-8+11 # kangaroo2 2012-06-16 09:54
yes bro
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-18+34 # DJ 2012-06-16 10:37
Yeah let them protest in UK.. let them block roads in UK.. let them be a nuisance to the UK general public.. let them be trouble makers in UK.. let them be assylum seekers who jump the que in UK.. let them steal credit card money in UK.. let them deal drugs in UK.. let them be human smugglers in UK..blah..blah. But thank God this toilet scum is no more in Sri Lanka!!
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-9+6 # Jegan 2012-06-16 19:50
Srilankan Maids in Middle East are doing the same..clea
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-5+8 # DJ 2012-06-17 16:08
But they are not terrorists!!
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-7+11 # Galu Putha 2012-06-17 02:03
DJ

I hear all you said

How do you feel if you are a srilankan Sinhalese, in a britsh news paper it says "SriLankan tamil protesters close the roads"
Are you proud of your country then ?

Keep one thing in mind, We should fight against LTTE, not with Tamils. British general public has nothing to do with LTTE Tamil and they shoudlnt get suffered no should our country being drag in to that mess by LTTE tamils
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-5+10 # DJ 2012-06-17 11:09
Yeah that's what they want to do.. when it is a manace for UK, they are becoming Sri Lankans, otherwise they are Eazham Tamils. Terrorist liers!!
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-11+5 # raju 2012-06-17 02:04
haa haa....what a joke..what do you think about srilanka begger???
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-27+26 # Frank Hilary 2012-06-15 21:02
I fully endorse the views expressed by "freelanka". Freedom of Expression is sacred.
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-23+37 # Rattapakse 2012-06-15 21:15
Specially they don't have white vans...
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-29+49 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-06-15 21:17
Hope this statement would at least help to refresh the minds of our politicians that there is a thing called "freedom to protest" in a Democracy.
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-17+22 # Realist 2012-06-16 10:59
Freedom to Protest doesn't include freedom to support a banned terrorist organisation with waving flags and baying cries.This simply shows double standards of English and your hatred towards Rajapaksha is more than your love for country.
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-31+34 # Vas 2012-06-15 22:20
Good reply by UK. Lankans will never learn.
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-31+53 # Doug 2012-06-15 22:30
What a shame democracy in UK.surporting LTTE TERRORIST. (CH4,BBC NGO AND THE GOVERNMENT) SAFE HEAVEN FOR LTTE. ONEDAY THEY WILL GET EELAM IN UK NEVER IN SL.
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-21+37 # Minister 2012-06-15 22:38
Hats off for this statement!
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-25+48 # Kumar 2012-06-15 22:45
Good , Why not allow Al Qaeda supporters to do the same in London.
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-28+39 # Roi 2012-06-15 23:24
UK has more terrorists than any other country in the world.
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-23+52 # locksy 2012-06-15 23:46
then what about waving Al Queda flags and protesting in London? Is that allowed. Both are banned terrorist organizations in UK?????
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-36+20 # Nadesan aiyar 2012-06-15 23:55
Thanks Man(n). You are a real man. If the American president had been there it woUld have been the weighted balance. Who are you fooling. SL has has a literacy rate next to Japan, second in Asia
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-13+15 # senthil 2012-06-16 10:09
yes Nadesan we can see ample evidence of how the country is run and progressing, and how people vote from this high literacy that you imagine exists.
If second to Japan why is SL no where near comaprison to Japan and will never be
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-7+27 # Countryman 2012-06-16 09:32
OK every one has the right to protest but without links of terrorists or it's supportive groups.
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-19+15 # Don Udawatte 2012-06-16 09:37
Speach by MR at the Commonwealth Business Council, ha ha ! I am sure they did not miss anything.
he he he
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-9+19 # Jeewan 2012-06-16 09:52
Ho! Ho!....right to protest and right to free speech.. and striking the right balance....typical way of evading...a taste of western justice system
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-2+9 # silva 2012-06-16 14:35
who is terrorist killing innocent citizens or fighting for freedom
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-7+15 # Siri 2012-06-16 16:53
Sarah Mann is clearly talking rubbish. We've heard that “ We respect the legitimate right..... blah blah blah" countless times. So if Al Qaeda fans hold a demonstration with flags and the works in the heart of London it's alright is it? No? Why not? LTTE and AQ are both labelled as terrorists and and banned in UK and in many states.
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-10+6 # raju 2012-06-17 02:10
but defferent purpose.... they don't compare ltte with aq.... but they compare it with hamas...because of the motive of the organization...
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-4+8 # Luntamoose 2012-06-17 07:56
Very true. It's all media driven pin pong match. Looks like they are still trying to hold on to their devide and rule policy.
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-7+15 # Sisitha 2012-06-16 16:57
UK had proved that they maintain the freedom for their citizen but Mr.Rajapaksa can give freedom to talk and express their views in his country?
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-5+14 # Union 2012-06-16 18:49
I heard Sri Lankan convey hit by eggs too and they were forced to travel without the Sri Lankan flag in their vehicle. Is this throwing eggs is acceptableby to UK?
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-7+10 # haran 2012-06-17 05:39
yes in srilanka only bombs are allowed to throw but in uk only egg or tomato is allowed. this is a democracy
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-5+6 # DJ 2012-06-17 15:22
But not now that Tamil terrorists are no more!!
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-5+5 # DJ 2012-06-17 16:06
But not now that Tamil terrorists are no more!!
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-3+3 # Richardson 2012-06-16 21:48
Kolikuttu Kiuwoth booru kathawak.
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-12+5 # T.Ruth 2012-06-17 00:03
If SL govt could force govt servants to protest against UN in Colombo what is wrong with protest in London?
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-11+5 # Manik 2012-06-17 04:23
Well said Sarah Mann especially in view of what happened at the JVP meeting at Katuwana. Keep tracking what is going on in this "Miracle of Asia"
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-6+11 # Laksmansingh 2012-06-17 05:49
Why are LTTE terrorists proscribed by the world allowed demonstrate? It it because they support people like Sarah Mann and UK politicians at the ballot box, with the terrorist illegal money from extortion?
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-6+11 # Luntamoose 2012-06-17 07:54
Would love to see if These were Alquida flags the same freedom of speech would exist or there would be another phone scandal to the so called British free media.... What a joke
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-4+5 # Doug 2012-06-17 21:32
SHAME ON YOU SARAH MANN. (SUPPORTING WORLD RUTHLESS LTTE TERRORIST GROUP) I MEAN THEY MAY NOT BE HUMAN.
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