Anti-Modi protest in Colombo

June 11, 2014 02:51 am | Updated November 16, 2021 07:01 pm IST - COLOMBO:

Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the Indian High Commission here on Tuesday, demonstrating against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “interfering in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs”.

Holding placards that read “Modi don’t be foolish,” the protesters shouted slogans outside the mission located on the sea-facing Galle Road.

The protest comes after Mr. Modi urged Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa >to deliver on the promises on post-war reconciliation , at the bilateral meeting held in New Delhi last month.

According to reliable sources, Mr. Modi’s message did not go down well with Colombo which, reportedly, did not expect a “strong message” from the newly elected Prime Minister.

The protesters led by the National Freedom Front — a hard-line Sinhala party and partner in Mr. Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition — also shouted slogans against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Last week, the Sri Lankan government lashed out at Ms. Jayalalithaa for her allegations of a “pogrom and genocide” against ethnic Tamils during the final stages of separatist war.

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