Villagers hoist black flags to protest Rajapakse's visit to India
The residents of Appaiyanaickenpatti village in this southern district today hoisted black flags atop their houses and staged demonstration to oppose the invitation extended by BJP to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to participate in Narendra Modi's swearing-in as Prime Minister.
'We strongly believed that the new government at the Centre headed by BJP would be sympathetic to the cause of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka and respect the sentiments of Tamils. But, we are dismayed over the invitation extended to a 'war criminal,' said the irate villagers.
At the time when the International community is pressurizing the Sri Lankan government for a United Nations-led investigation into alleged genocide of Tamils during the civil war, it was unfortunate that India had extended invite to Rajapakse, they said.
The villagers said black flag protest will continue till Rajapakse leaves Indian soil.
Meanwhile, cadres of Naam Tamilar Movement, a pro-Tamil outfit staged a demonstration to condemn the visit of Rajapakse at Theni, today.
Majority of political parties, including the ruling AIADMK, DMK, MDMK, DMDK, PMK, VCK and other Tamil outfits condemned the visit of Rajapakse. Tamilnadu Chief Minister Ms J Jayalalithaa is also likely to skip the oath-taking ceremony of Mr Modi scheduled for tomorrow evening.
(Posted on 26-05-2014)