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Sri Lanka activists stage protest against India's PM Modi

Published on Jun 10, 2014 6:21 PM
 
A demonstrator from the Freedom of National Organization shouts slogans against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, outside the Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka, in Colombo on June 10, 2014. Hundreds of activists protested in the Sri Lankan capital on Tuesday against India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi for urging the island to step up post-war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

COLOMBO (AFP) - Hundreds of activists protested in the Sri Lankan capital on Tuesday against India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi for urging the island to step up post-war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.

The pro-government protesters waved placards that read "Modi don't be foolish" and shouted anti-Modi slogans outside the Indian High Commission - the de facto embassy - in Colombo over the Prime Minister's comments made last month.

The protesters accused Mr Modi, who swept to power with a landslide election win in May, of interfering in Sri Lanka's internal affairs.

The activists, led by the National Freedom Front, a coalition partner in President Mahinda Rajapakse's government, also targeted the Chief Minister of India's southern Tamil Nadu state, Ms Jayalalitha Jayaram.

 
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