Protesters use diaspora meet to garner attention to causeJanuary 8th, 2009 - 5:25 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Jan 8 (IANS) Activists of a Tamil nationalist group and a Hindu organisation Thursday organised separate demonstrations in this city, where the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) is underway, to draw attention to their cause.Organisers of both the protests said they were using the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas occasion “to voice their hurt feelings and attract international attention”.
P. Nedumaran and members of his Tamil Nationalist Movement staged a black flag demonstration against India’s alleged inaction in the ethnic Tamil minority issue in Sri Lanka, while activists of the Hindu Munani, led by Rama Gopalan, protested outside the Malaysian Consulate against the demolition of Hindu temples in the south-east Asian country, police sources added.
However, both the protests took place far away from the city’s southern suburb where the diaspora meet is going on and had no impact on the proceedings or functions attended by the foreign delegates or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, according to official sources.
The arrested protesters were later freed.