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While commending the British government for the warm reception and facilities provided to President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his stay in London to participate in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth 11, the government today accused the Scotland Yard of failing to prevent the protest against President Rajapaksa by a section of the Tamil Diaspora.

Cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella charged at the weekly cabinet news briefing that the ‘Scotland Yard’ was a mere spectator at the protest held in front of the Marlborough House on June 6 and did nothing to prevent it.  

 “There was a fairly big crowd mainly Tamil youths who had gathered before the Marlborough House from many countries of the Euro Zone including France, Germany, Norway and Sweden. It is obvious that the Tamil Diaspora had been organizing this protest against Sri Lanka and President Rajapaksa for a considerable period of time. The Scotland Yard, famous for its crowd controlling, crime busting and intelligence services should have known this in advance. But unfortunately it did nothing to control or prevent the protest against a Commonwealth head of state who arrived in London on the invitation of Queen Elizabeth 11 and was a host of the British government,” Minister Rambukwella stressed.  

Minister Rambukwella said the inaction of the Scotland Yard was more serious as it failed to maintain the rule of law and prevent a public protest by a proscribed terrorist group.

 “The Scotland Yard had a legal obligation to prevent the protest as the LTTE was a proscribed militant organization in the UK,” he said.
Section 13 of the British Terrorism Act (BTA) of 2000 which declared the LTTE as a terrorist group says that it is a violation of the BTA if a person wears an item of clothing or wears, carries or displays an article in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he is a member or a supporter of a proscribed organization.

The entire world including the law abiding British public watched in horror as to how the remnants of one of the most ruthless terrorist organizations staged a virulent protest against the head of state of a friendly country and a guest of the British government.

The Minister also expressed displeasure over the unilateral decision of the Commonwealth Secretariat to call off the address by President Rajapaksa at the Commonwealth Business Forum following the protests.

“There is a possibility that these protests and violence may turn against the British citizens themselves and the British government in the future,” he said.
Minister Rambukwella appreciated what he called ‘the star class treatment’ afforded to President Rajapaksa by the British government during his stay (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
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  • Don Diego Saturday, 16 June 2012 01:20 PM

    We have INTELLIGENT services? INTELLIGENT services?

    rifai Friday, 15 June 2012 08:53 AM

    Mr. Minister,In UK even the prime minister is grilled by the judiciary while holding office, not so long ago even yesterday it happened.
    Dont compare sri lanka democracy with UK

    citizen1 Friday, 15 June 2012 02:43 PM

    however, the mouth seems to be intact.

    citizen1 Friday, 15 June 2012 02:50 PM

    What were you expecting? Tear gas and stone thtowing at the protesters?

    Question Saturday, 16 June 2012 03:49 AM

    What about holding LTTE flag?

    Liyanage Friday, 15 June 2012 09:19 AM

    First Oxford fiasco, 2nd Common wealth business forum, our vanity has no end.

    Upul Jayawardene Saturday, 16 June 2012 03:52 AM

    Should have sent Mervin Silva and his Kelaniya gangsters to protect the President. They do a good job here. Give them diplomatic passports to gain entry to the U.K.

    Theepan Friday, 15 June 2012 09:37 AM

    It is not the first time our president was treated in this manner. Why our president keep going to the same place where he was poorly treated and very near to the danger???

    gerry Friday, 15 June 2012 04:36 AM

    shame on you Britain for double standards

    cindymontrose Friday, 15 June 2012 09:57 AM

    Hello... this is england and peopel are free to demonstrate

    upul Friday, 15 June 2012 09:56 AM

    Yes. Scotlanyard will use white vans to abduct the protest organisors very soon.

    Ganga .K Friday, 15 June 2012 05:01 AM

    Here he goes again.
    Leave the Scotland Yard- what was our politically overstaffed Embassy officials doing. Are they deaf and blind not address these things. This is also the second time the President and the Country was put to shame because of inefficient and selfish Embassy staff.They only think of having a nice paid holiday at poor SL tax payers expense. Minister address these issues before starting the blame game again, for which you are very clever.

    Ralph Anthony Kernr Friday, 15 June 2012 05:07 AM

    It is reckoned that the jubilee celebration was attended by Parliamentarians and not Heads of State. It would have been better had our Head of State stayed at home and sent one of his Stooges, Then the matter would have not propped up. UK is a free country, where demonstrations are held against their Head of State and even against the Royal Family. The Scotland Yard has no ritht to arrest demonstrating in a peaceful manner, provided no damage are done to State or Private Property.

    Prsa Friday, 15 June 2012 05:26 AM

    So what did our intelligent services and deplomats do to force UK police?? Nothing !!
    They could have get a restraining order and worrent UK police to enforce LTTE prevention act directions. This is negligence of SL officials. They should be punished first.

    Please please be proactive and protect SL pride. Make it a rule you do the legal actions to prevent such action in any country before MR enters. Mr. President - if you see this please order your officers and attorney general to wor on them.

    Minister Friday, 15 June 2012 05:32 AM

    Karma always follows you Mr. Minister, and when it does you don't have any options!

    aj Friday, 15 June 2012 05:32 AM

    The SL govt is being mild here - i wish to ask the British HC in Colombo - he had concerns about bigger military presence in the north but what has has to say now when he saw idiots holding citizenship given by UK holding the LTTE flag in the high streets of central London? how is it possible? Is there no law and order in london? you ban LTTE but the same group re-name as "British Tamil Forum" and hold the same flag without the name and they're aloved to protest?

    Richardson Friday, 15 June 2012 05:33 AM

    Stupid talk.

    Renu Friday, 15 June 2012 05:35 AM

    country was disgraced in the UK , Remember Scotland Yard provided two bullet proof vehicles for President to get about, of course without the Sri-Lankan Flag. They did their part, not P Nonis

    Richardson Friday, 15 June 2012 04:58 PM

    Where is Scotland Yard. Is it in Congo some where??
    Tell Kolikuttu its not in Congo !!!

    buffaloa citizen Friday, 15 June 2012 05:53 AM

    Other than getting his other leg broken.

    hello Friday, 15 June 2012 06:02 AM

    Nothing like that gerry. Britain, unlike SL will not stop peacefull demonstrations. SL should stop trying to portray Tamil protests as something to do with terrorism.Other countries do not think that way. Simple as that!

    Sama Friday, 15 June 2012 10:53 AM

    That is because you have nothing to say

    poorchap Friday, 15 June 2012 06:09 AM

    The balcony fall in Australia has not made him any wiser.

    Mason Friday, 15 June 2012 06:17 AM

    In Sri Lanka the police are the stooges of the government politicians. It is not so with Scotland Yard in UK, where democracy prevails and protests are permitted against any Tom, Dick and Harry. MR may be king here to some, but it is not so in UK Mr Minister.

    TMA Sunday, 17 June 2012 09:52 AM

    Mr. minister, that's how democracies operate

    Kondeybendapucheena Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:41 PM

    It is History now Please talk something else


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