But did they block traffic?

Stone-throwing pro-Sri Lankan protesters lay siege to Canadian embassy in Colombo

Just weeks after a series of chaotic but largely peaceful pro-Tamil demonstrations snared the streets of downtown Ottawa and blockaded Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, Canada’s embassy in Colombo is facing a distinctly more hostile crowd: stone-throwing, spray paint can-wielding pro-Sri Lanka protesters outraged over Canada’s “overly sympathetic” position on the now defeated Tamil Tiger movement. According to AFP, Canada has filed an official complaint with the Sri Lankan police for failing to protect the embassy from the angry mob, citing the country’s failure to step in as a possible breach of international obligations.

Ottawa Citizen

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