We will not allow any force to snatch away the hard won peace and freedom said President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he met a large gathering of Sri Lankans who staged a peaceful demonstration in support of the President in front of Hotel Hilton in Park Lane, London.
President Rajapaksa went up to the pro-Sri Lankan protestors ignoring the large number of shouting pro-LTTE demonstrators, also near the hotel.
Despite cautioning by the UK’s Scotland Yard of the very violent nature of the pro-LTTE protest, President Rajapaksa met Sri Lankan expatriates and assured that he is ready to do anything to safeguard sovereignty of Motherland.
President Rajapaksa is currently in London to attend the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II.
Pro-LTTE supporters carrying flags with the emblem of LTTE gathered in the vicinity of the Hilton Hotel where President Rajapaksa is staying and demonstrated against him shouting slogans.
Sri Lankans living in London also mounted a counter demonstration in support of President Rajapaksa near the Hilton Hotel opposite the Tamil demonstration.
This morning session of the Commonwealth Economic Forum the event in which President Mahinda Rajapaksa was scheduled to deliver the keynote address was called off by the organizers due to pressure of pro-LTTE elements in London.
In December 2010, Oxford Union cancelled an address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa reportedly as a result of pressure applied by pro-LTTE activists.
Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in London yesterday (5).
During the meeting President Rajapaksa apprised the Commonwealth Secretary-General of the current situation in Sri Lanka and the progress made in the development of the country.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General assured his fullest support on behalf of the all Commonwealth nations for the President’s endeavor to rebuild the country.