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* Sri Lankans protest UN resolution, shut down Eastern port city
Thu, Mar 20, 2014, 08:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 20, Trincomalee: Sri Lankans today staged several protests to against a UN resolution sponsored by the United States calling for an international inquiry into the alleged human right violations committed during the armed conflict.

In the multi-ethnic Eastern port city of Trincomalee a collective organization of Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims led by the religious leaders of all faiths staged a protest bringing the city to a standstill.

All shops, schools, banks and government offices in Trincomalee city were closed and black flags were seen hoisted on establishments in support of the protest.

Thousands marched in the city protesting the US move and protesters distributed leaflets calling for support against the UN intervention.

The protesters burned the effigies of US President Barak Obama and UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay.

The police beefed up the security in the area as an unidentified group had stoned and damaged several passenger buses during the protest.

Meanwhile in the capital Colombo, people staged protests outside the UN office and the U.S. and UK diplomatic missions against the resolution co-sponsored by the U.S. and UK along with three other countries.

Protesters shouting slogans and carrying placards that said to keep "Hands off Sri Lanka" and "Let us live in Peace" walked over to the U.S. Embassy and handed over a petition to the Embassy against the US resolution.

The protest caused a heavy traffic jam along the Colombo - Galle main road near the US Embassy.

Expatriate Sri Lankans in the US, UK and Europe have also staged demonstrations against the resolution, the third in many years, presented at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Draft Resolution HRC25/1 "Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka" has been submitted by the United States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, and Mauritius.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has compared the Washington's move of tabling a resolution against the country to a fight between a professional boxer and a school boy.

The UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to vote on the resolution on 26th March.

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