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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

Swiss Tamils protests against hoisting of Tamil Eelam flag

Geneva, 19 June, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to lodge a strong protest to the Government of Switzerland for allowing the agents and supporters of Tamil Tigers to hoist the “Tamil Eelam” flag on Swiss soil.Tamils from Switzerland met the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse along with Douglas Devananda who is the Minister of Social Service and Social welfare and also the Leader of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party.Tamils from Switzerland met the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse along with Douglas Devananda who is the Minister of Social Service and Social welfare and also the Leader of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party.

This flag -- depicting a snarling Tiger putting his head out of ring of 33 bullets and two guns fixed with bayonets crossing overhead -- was hoisted on June 11 opposite the United Nations buildings located in Geneva.

This issue was brought to the notice of President Mahinda Rajapakse on 15June by the Tamils living in Switzerland who are members of the Eelam Peoples’ Democratic Party.

Tamils from Switzerland met the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse along with Douglas Devananda who is the Minister of Social Service and Social welfare and also the Leader of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party.

At the meeting members of the EPDP pointed out to Sri Lanka President that the Tamil Tiger was raised in Switzerland to indicate that the Tamils have a separate state in Sri Lanka. The participants of the protest rally also shouted slogans calling for the recognition of separate state of Tamil Eelam.

The Tamils who participated in the discussion with Sri Lanka President condemned the action of the Swiss government for allowing the Tamil Tigers to get away acts said that would not be allowed for Al-Qaida agents and supporters. They said that it amounts to Switzerland aiding, abetting and tolerating anti-Sri Lankan activities in their soil.

They added that not all the Tamils in Switzerland would support such anti-national actions.

After making inquiries President Mahinda Rajapakse told Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to send a protest note to the Swiss Government.

A section of the  Tamil delegates from Switzerland who  met recently  Sri Lanka President in Geneva and protested the hoisting of the Tamil Elam flag in the soil of Switzerland.A section of the Tamil delegates from Switzerland who met recently Sri Lanka President in Geneva and protested the hoisting of the Tamil Elam flag in the soil of Switzerland.

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