Tamils denied capital protest

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Sri Lanka’s security forces have prevented ethnic Tamils from travelling in their hundreds to Colombo to protest and demand justice for relatives missing after the island’s war.

The military said the protesters were stopped for their own safety yesterday. The opposition say they were kept away from the capital because the government did not want the protest to go ahead.

In the end, the mainly elderly women protested in Vavuniya, where they had been halted some 160 miles north of the capital, holding pictures of their relatives and demanding the government help find them.

Tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed in 2009, in the final months of the 15-year war, when government troops advanced on the final rebel stronghold.