Demonstrator arrested in UK under Terrorism Act
Metropolitan Police used anti-terrorist laws to arrest a demonstrator
opposite the British Parliament for brandishing a Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam flag.
Police took into custody an individual on suspicion of carrying
articles in support of the proscribed organization.
Police arrest demonstrators
When the demonstration blocking the Westminster Bridge opposite the
Parliament started, hundreds of demonstrators were carrying the red
flags of the leaping Tiger, known as the Eelam Flag, which are hoisted
by the terrorists at their functions, that contravened the Terrorism Act
2000 of UK.
At 12.45, a man was detained for brandishing a Tiger flag. Before
that police conveyed to the demonstrators that the flags should be
Earlier, Metropolitan Police of London arrested four, one for violent
disorder, two for public order and one for the breach for peace when the
British Tamil Forum, the front organization for the banned Liberation of
Tamil Eelam organized a protest by blocking the Westminster bridge
opposite the British Parliament to demand a ceasefire to save the
cornered, battered terrorist leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
In the course of the demonstration they threatened the Police saying
that they would jump into River Thames if they were not allowed to speak
to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
They did not get a chance of speaking to the Prime Minister and at
least one protester jumped into River Thames who was rescued by police
and sent to hospital for treatment.
Police said about 200 participated in the demonstration.
The demonstration had been organized illegally without police
permission. When the pro-LTTE demonstrators started pouring in, it took
police by surprise.
After they were pushed to the Parliament square after many scuffles,
they once again defied the police by coming in hundreds to the square
defying orders to disperse.
A police statement said, Police marine units and lifeboats were on
standby after one man jumped into the River Thames and was taken to
hospital. Sources close to the British Tamil Forum said the
demonstration has been held as a prelude to a bigger demonstration on
April 11, once again with the intention of saving the terrorist leader
using British influence over the Sri Lankan Government.