London, Apr 27: Supporters of the Sri Lankan Tamils right to self-determination have described Sonia Gandhi, the wife of former Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, as a terrorist out to finish the community as retribution for her husband's assassination allegedly by the LTTE in May 1991.
The description came a day after hundreds of Tamil activists smashed the windows of the Indian High Commission (also known as India House) in Aldwych, London after staging a noisy protest outside the building. A similar attack was carried out on the Sri Lankan High Commission in Hyde Park Corner. Scotland Yard officials said the protests were illegal in an area described as highly residential.
On Monday, Apr 27, the rowdy crowd pelted stones at the High Commission buildings, forcing the police to remove some of them from the area. Some of the demonstrators were cordoned off at the entry of Basewater Road.
In anticipation of more protests on Tuesday, the police are taking steps to block busy Central London roads near the Indian and Sri Lankan High Commissions.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who is due to visit Sri Lanka on Wednesday, Apr 29 has been briefed by the diplomats from both missions on the incidents and has been requested to provide adequate security.
The protesters belong to several pro-LTTE groups and are carrying simultaneous protests over New Delhi's failure to secure the release of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians stuck in a small strip of land. They squarely blamed the Indian and Sri Lankan Governments for the current plight of Tamils in the island-nation.
The protests in London came as the Sri Lankan Government instructed its troops not to use heavy weapons or air strikes against Tamil Tiger rebels in the northeast of the country.
However, the pro-rebel TamilNet web site reported that air strikes are continuing since the announcement.
It quoted the head of the Tigers Peace Secretariat, Seevaratnam Puleethevan, as saying that bombers had targeted civilians in Mullivaaykkaal.
No confirmation of the reports is possible, as independent journalists are not allowed in the war zone.
A government-run television station has broadcast images said to show the army helping civilians
The UN says some 50,000 civilians remain trapped in a government-designated no-fire zone, but the army puts the number at 15,000.