A large protest was organized in Vavuniya city, highlighting the discontent over a statement made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a member of the Canadian Parliament regarding a mass genocide in Sri Lanka’s northern province.
The National Movement for Reconciliation of Sinhala, Tamil, and Muslim People of Vavuniya spearheaded the demonstration, emphasizing the need for immediate nationwide opposition against such remarks that could reignite racism within Sri Lanka.
The protesters, including Tamil individuals who migrated to Canada from Sri Lanka, expressed deep concern over the Canadian government’s use of misleading information propagated by certain individuals who have entered politics in that country. They viewed this as a grave threat to the nation.
Following the protest, held in front of the Vavuniya old bus stand, the demonstrators expressed their displeasure by burning effigies representing the Canadian representatives. The act symbolized their strong condemnation of the statements made and the perceived harm caused by them.