Tamils block railtracks at main German railway hub

May 17th, 2009 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Frankfurt, May 17 (DPA) German-based Tamils, protesting the Sri Lankan Army’s operations against Tamil Tiger rebels in the island nation, Sunday blocked the tracks at the Frankfurt Railway Station, one of Germany’s main rail hubs.
Federal police, charged with keeping transportation safe, said they counted 150 protesters who had descended from station platforms and were occupying several tracks, blocking rail operations.

Organisers of the demonstration claimed 500 people were taking part.

Neither side said anybody had been arrested. The station is a main terminus with 24 platforms that handle inter-city expresses and local trains.

Hours earlier, the Sri Lankan government said it had won the war. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels announced they would lay down their arms.

The Tamils charge the government with inhumanity to tens of thousands of minority Tamils in the former rebel zone.

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