2 SL military officers face protests in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Guardian 16 July 2012
Tamils protested against the presence of two Sri Lankan military officials at Gateway Hotel, at the Coonoor hill station in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, reports NDTV.
The military personnel, reported to be a Rear Admiral and a Major General, arrived on Sunday evening, prompting 25 MDMK members to protest. They were arrested by Indian police officers as they attempted to march to the hotel.
NDTV reports that there remains a 'heavy police deployment' outside the hotel, as more Tamil protests are anticipated.
The Sri Lankan military are said to be taking part in a one-day programme at the Defence Services Staff College, along side 25 attendees from 10 other countries.
The incident comes amidst recent public anger at the presence of Sri Lankan Air Force personnel at the Tambaram base in Tamil Nadu.
A statue of a Sinhala soldier, Corporal Gamini Kularatna, appeared recently as a new addition to Sri Lanka's war victory monument in Elephant Pass, situated within the Tamil region of the North-East, reported the Jaffna based newspaper, Uthayan.
The Buddhist monk organisation, the United Bhikku Front (UBF), issued a stern warning to the UNP's Sajith Premadasa to stop acting against the party's newly appointed Leadership Council or else face 'stern action', reported Colombo Page.
The External Affairs Minister, G.L Peiris, reiterated Sunday, that the Sri Lankan government would not accept international pressure and demands from the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The Education Minister and Agriculture Miniser of the Northern Province, Kurukularaja and Iyngaranesan respectively, slammed the Sri Lankan army's encroachment on the education of Tamil children in the North-East,