Protesters gather as Ban Ki-moon visits Sri Lanka


Dozens of Sri Lankan nationalists rallied outside the United Nations compound in Colombo on Thursday (September 1) as secretary-general Ban Ki-moon visited the island, protesting against the UN’s actions during a prolonged civil war. Police held back the demonstrators, led by Buddhist monks, as they tried to march on the compound just before Ban arrived on the first full day of his two-day visit to Sri Lanka. “UN, where were you?” said one placard, which carried a photograph of a victim of a bombing blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels who were crushed by security forces in May 2009. The protesters…

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