Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Hundreds of grim reapers protest at Cameron's stance on Sri Lanka...

Hundreds of Amnesty supporters dressed as grim reapers accompanied by lookalikes of Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa gathered in Parliament Square in central London today ahead of next week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka.

The protesters gathered on a mock beach with the figures of David Cameron and William Hague accompanied by their host Mahinda Rajapaksa, sipping cocktails to symbolise what campaigners say is a ‘disconnect’ between the diplomatic glamour of the CHOGM meeting and the brutal end to the Sri Lankan conflict. The closing chapter of the conflict took place on the beaches in the north of Sri Lanka, where an estimated 40,000 civilians were killed.

The grim reapers wore long black cloaks, with ghoulish death masks and scythes. Protesters held up signs and banners about Sri Lanka’s human rights abuses.

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said:

“CHOGM should not just be an opportunity for President Rajapaksa and his government to sign business deals whilst clinking glasses with David Cameron and other world leaders. Full story...

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