July 3, 2009 (LBO) – Britain has eased a travel advisory to Sri Lanka’s east but has warned of rising ant-British rhetoric amid an upsurge of nationalism and possible detentions of people of ethnic Tamil origin. “This has led to violent protests against the British High Commission and other diplomatic premises.”
Though Tamil Tigers have been crushed Britain said “terrorist attacks may occur”.
The statement said the government continued to maintain a state of emergency and heightened security measures such as checkpoints remained, and there were detentions “particularly of people of Tamil ethnicity.”
Britain continued advice against all travel to the north of the country but tagged most parts of the East with the “all but essential travel” label following the crushing of Tamil Tiger separatists in May.
British travelers were no longer advised against visiting Trincomalee town, Yala National Park’s ‘block’ one area, and popular surfing destination Arugam Bay.
But Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth office said there was politically motivated violence, abductions and criminality “throughout the country” as well as a rise in anti-British rhetoric.
“The end of the military conflict has s