Written by Administrator Tuesday, 12 October 2010 12:50There are no images in the gallery.Demonstration in London urging the Sri Lankan Government to release General Sarath Fonseka from illegal detention. A mass demonstration by the Campaign for democracy in Sri Lanka - London took place in front of the British Prime Minister’s official residence at no.10 Downing Street on Saturday 9th October 2010 from 2pm to 4pm with the permission of the British Police. A noteworthy feature of this demonstration is that the participants who came from Birmingham and other distant places were of diverse political views and belonged to different ethnic groups and religious faiths. They were united with the sole aim of condemning the high handed act of President Mahinda Rajapakse who through a kangaroo court set up for the purpose of persecuting the war hero sentenced General Sarath Fonseka to 30 months of rigorous imprisonment. The demonstrators shouted slogans and held placards alleging that Sri Lanka is no longer a democracy but a fascist dictatorship of the Rajapakse family. Member of Parliament in Sri Lanka Dr Jayalath Jayawardena, Coordinator of CFDSL- London Darshana Hettiarachchi, Dr C Irriyagolle, Rev. Sumanasiri Head of Southgate Buddhist Vihara and Amila Vilegoda addressed the gathering. They were all exposing the fraudulent and anti-democratic actions of the President. It is highly distasteful when someone who preaches political correctness and practices another, by taking revenge on political rivals, said one speaker. The demonstrators and the speakers urged the President to release General Sarath Fonseka and exonerate him from all unjust punishments imposed on him by an unauthorised kangaroo court.