Sri Lanka President under siege as protests mount from allies, opposition

Pressure mounted on Sri Lanka’s president as her key coalition ally Tuesday protested over a proposed deal with the Tamil Tigers on tsunami relief while the opposition scuttled a pledge to not demonstrate against the government while the country rebuilds. Pressure mounted on Sri Lanka’s president as her key coalition ally Tuesday protested over a proposed deal with the Tamil Tigers on tsunami relief while the opposition scuttled a pledge to not demonstrate against the government while the country rebuilds. The Marxist JVP, or People’s Liberation Front, staged a mass rally here to denounce plans to form a “joint mechanism” with Tiger rebels to distribute aid to tsunami survivors supported by President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

The president wants to strike a deal with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to disburse aid to tsunami survivors and carry out reconstruction work in devastated coastal areas.

“The government will not collapse because we are confident the president will not enter into a joint mechanism with the Tigers,” JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe told the party rally at Colombo’s Town Hall premises.

“We will do everything within our power to ensure that this joint mechanism is not established.”

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