Tamils call for Rajapaksa’s arrest

Activists accuse Sri Lankan president of being a war criminal as new footage of a massacre is aired during his UK visit.

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Tamil activists are calling for an international arrest warrant for Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan president who is currently visiting the United Kingdom.

Many Tamils have dubbed Rajapaksa a war criminal and, as commander-in-chief of the Sri Lankan forces, they hold him responsible for the deaths of thousands of Tamil civilians in a civil war that ended in May 2009.

Rajapaksa was greeted by Tamil protestors as he arrived in London on Monday night, a day before a British TV channel broadcast video footage of an alleged massacre by Sri Lankan forces of civilians, which could inflame Tamil anger further.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from London.

Source: Al Jazeera