Sri Lankans protest politician's killing

Angry protesters in Sri Lanka have left the body of a slain Tamil politician outside Norway's embassy in Colombo to protest against his killing.

    Tamil Tigers rebels have been blamed for the killing

    Dozens of supporters of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) left a wooden coffin containing the remains of Thambithurai Sivakumar at the embassy's gate on Monday, demanding action from the Norwegian negotiators of a two-year truce.

    The protestors also burned effigies of the leader of the island's main rebel group, the

    Tamil

    Tigers

    .

    Sivakumar - a vocal opponent of the Tigers - was shot and killed 

    while out cycling with his daughter at the weekend.

    He is the

    latest victim of sporadic violence plaguing a ceasefire that

    halted the country's two-decade civil war over Tamil independence or

    autonomy.

    Stalled peace process

    Party spokesman Nelson Edirisinghe said rebels managed to

    target Sivakumar because of failings in Norway's handling of

    the stalled peace process it is marshalling.

    The Tamil Tigers have made no comment as yet on the killing.

    Sri Lankan soldiers keep a visible
    presence in the capital, Colombo 

    "It is after the peace agreement that the Tamil Tigers

    could infiltrate government controlled areas and kill people

    like this," Edirisinghe said, referring to the 2002 ceasefire

    as party followers chanted and shouted outside the embassy.

    "We are protesting here to open the eye of the architects

    of the peace process to what is happening," he added.

    Protesters set effigies of reclusive Tamil Tiger leader V

    Prabhakaran on fire, shouting "Prabhakaran, murderer!"

    Civil war

    "Norway, your eyes are still blind?" read one banner.

    The killing of Sivakumar comes just weeks after EPDP leader

    and government minister Douglas Devananda narrowly escaped

    death in a botched assassination attempt

    .

    "Norway, your eyes are still blind?"

    Protest banner

    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - or Tamil Tigers - agreed a truce with

    the government two years ago.

    About 64,000 people have died in Sri Lanka's 20 year civil war and

    swathes of the north

    and east have been bombed to smithereens.

    Efforts to secure definitive peace have been stuck in

    an impasse for months, with little sign of an imminent

    breakthrough.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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