Tamil protesters clash with police in Geneva

19th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Hundreds of Tamil demonstrators calling for foreign intervention in Sri Lanka clash with police outside the UN building in Geneva on Monday.

GENEVA - Hundreds of Tamil demonstrators calling for foreign intervention in Sri Lanka clashed with police outside the UN building in Geneva on Monday, authorities said.

The demonstrators threw bottles at about 100 officers in riot gear at the Place des Nations in front of the UN building, said a photographer at the scene.

Police used a water cannon to push them back and arrested one protester.

Authorities said around 1,500 Tamils arrived at the protest and officers pushed them back when they tried to enter the building.

"They can send us the police, but not a diplomat," Atchuthar Maalmarugan, president of the Tamil Swiss Forum, told AFP.

"We have to get a reaction from the UN, but they are not listening to us," he added, insisting that the Sri Lankan army was going to massacre Tamil civilians who escaped the fighting.

Protesters gathered in the square since Sunday evening, shouting slogans and waving Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) flags.

Sri Lanka's government on Monday declared an end to its decades-old conflict with the Tamil Tigers after defeating the remaining rebel army and killing its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

The army said its soldiers conquered the last piece of Tiger territory, killing the last 300 fighters and destroying the rebel leadership.

It said Prabhakaran and two deputies were shot dead trying to escape in a van and ambulance.

The victory appears to mark the end of one of Asia's oldest and most brutal ethnic conflicts which left more than 70,000 dead from battles, suicide attacks, bomb strikes and assassinations.

AFP / Expatica

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