Sinhalese mob attacks Tamil demonstrators & damaged Vehicles
A Sinhala mob got into the 'Drive for freedom' rally organised by Tamils at Melbourne and attacked the crowd. The photos and the video of the incident got released by various news medias.
A group of around 50 Sinhala expatriates, some of them allegedly inebriated, attacked a car-rally demonstration organised by the Eezham Tamil diaspora in Melbourne Saturday noon protesting genocide of their kith and kin in the island of Sri Lanka and demanding immediate end of the war waged by Colombo government.
The attack is said to have taken place while the cars in the rally were waiting for signal on Exhibition Street. The attackers were reportedly returning from a parallel demonstration by them that took place 2 km away from the junction.
The Melbourne police had to resort to the use of spray to control the Sinhala mob.
A young journalist who was taking photographs of the demonstration said that the mob tried to snatch his camera and that he was injured on the neck.
In Australia and New Zealand, where Sinhalese and Tamil diaspora live in more or less in equal numbers, a "bitter competition" is going on in organising demonstrations. A few days ago, the Tamil demonstrators in New Zealand also faced intimidation from a Sinhala mob, which tried to snatch away the flags carried by Tamil demonstrators.
Earlier, during Tamil demonstrations, the Sinhala expatriates organised aircraft to display banners saying "Save Sri Lanka from Tamil Tigers," in New Zealand and in Canberra in Australia. On Saturday, the Tamil demonstrators displayed an aircraft-laden banner "Sri Lanka Stop killing Tamil civilians," in the outskirts of Melbourne.