Sri Lankan Tamils protest Sonia Gandhi's London visit

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2011 08:50 hrs

Sri Lankan Tamils protested outside a London venue where Congress President Sonia Gandhi delivered a lecture on Thursday.

Protestors shouted anti-India slogans and demanded that New Delhi take swift action to protect the interests of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Gandhi was in London to deliver the 14th Commonwealth Lecture on the subject 'Women as Agents of Change'.

It may be recalled that the Sri Lankan Army crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, while nearly three million Sri Lankan Tamils were relocated to refugee camps elsewhere on the island.

A majority of them have since been resettled in their original villages but still need assistance for accommodation and restart their livelihood.

Many parties in Tamil Nadu, including the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), an ally of the UPA, have called for the rehabilitation of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. (ANI)