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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620

Sri Lanka unleashes verbal tirade against President Bush for hanging Saddam

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 06 January, ( Thousands of Sri Lankans took to the street in Colombo on Friday afternoon to condemn the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The protestors mainly consisting Muslims also unleashed a verbal tirade against United States president George W. Bush.Sri Lankan Muslims burns US flagSri Lankan Muslims burns US flag

The protest march which also resulted in heavy traffic around the city began soon after Jummah prayers from the Maradana mosque. Several parliamentarians and local leaders including religious leaders took part in the protest which was mainly an anti-United States rally.

However, police blocked protestors from nearing the US embassy in Colombo with a heavy guard and iron barricades, but law-enforcement authorities later allowed a handful of politicians including Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna parliamentarian Vijitha Herath and former Colombo deputy mayor Azath Salley to approach the gates of the embassy to hand over a letter detailing their protest against the execution of Saddam Hussein. An embassy official who accepted the letter is reported to have agreed to convey the Sri Lankans displeasure to the America government.

Protestors were of the view that Hussein was not given a 'fair' trial and the judgment to hang him and the style it was conducted in was highly unacceptable. Some protestors also charged President Bush as a murderer who without sorting out problems in his own country was trying to sort out problems in other countries.

Protest rallies and general shut downs were also observed in several other predominant Muslim cities such as Akkaraipattu, Kalmunai, Sammanthurai and Aluthgama.

Several days after the execution, Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera also voiced his condemnation against the hanging of Hussein.

- Asian Tribune -

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