Sydney: Organizers of a campaign for a shunning of Sri Lanka`s cricket matches expect about 1000 people to protest outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day but have assured they won`t disrupt the biggest day on the Australian cricket calendar. The Tamil Refugee Council claimed it is determined to draw attention to the Sri Lankan government`s human rights record by holding a demonstration between Jolimont Station and the MCG on the first morning of the Boxing Day Test.
“At no point will it be disruptive, it will be a very peaceful protest and we won`t interrupt anyone going to the match or anything happening on the field,” the Age quoted the group`s spokesman, Aran Mylvaganam, as saying. A smaller demonstration is planned for the first morning of the series opener in Hobart, on Friday.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser this week called for an independent assessment of the situation in Sri Lanka, including whether members of the Tamil minority are being persecuted and how those sent back from Australia after coming by boat are being treated. Mylvaganam claimed the Sinhalese government used the national cricket team to project a favourable image of the situation in Sri Lanka three years after the brutal end of the civil war.