Tamils rally against attack on Canadian mission
Hundreds of Tamils protested at the Sri Lankan consulate here on Friday against the attack on the Canadian high commission in Colombo earlier this week.world Updated: May 30, 2009 12:24 IST
Hundreds of Tamils protested at the Sri Lankan consulate here on Friday against the attack on the Canadian high commission in Colombo earlier this week.
Scores of Sri Lankan protesters had ransacked the Canadian mission on Wednesday to protest against what they called Canadian "support" for Tamil Tigers.
Shouting slogans against Sri Lanka for the ransacking of the mission, Tamil protesters said the attack on the mission exposed the true fascist nature of the Sri Lankan government.
"We condemn the vandalism. Canada is a symbol of hope, peace and equality for millions around the world and we, Tamil Canadians, see this as an attack on these principles," said Canadian Tamil Congress leader and spokesman David Poopalapillai.
"If the Canadian mission can be attacked with this impunity, imagine what happens to the ordinary Tamil civilians (in Sri Lanka) who have no protection at all," he added.
Poopalapillai said the Canadian government must pressure Sri Lankan government to bring the culprits to justice.
"While Canada gives millions of dollars in aid to Colombo, Sri Lanka has paid back with an assault on its mission," he said.