immolation fails in London again
An attempt by a suspected pro-LTTE man to commit
suicide as a protest ended up unsuccessfully for the
second time in London, when he had to be admitted to
a hospital with superficial burns and his condition
described as not critical on Friday.
The London Metropolitan Police said he was on fire
for a short time just outside the Parliament Square
in Central London. It is suspected he was attempting
self-immolation as a protest against the Sri Lankan
security forces that are on the verge of defeating
the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their
last remaining bastion in the Wanni.
A police spokesman said, at approx 1600hrs on
Friday, February 27, a man was seen alight in
Parliament Square SW1. Police officers came to his
aid and the fire was extinguished. The 43-year-old
was taken to a South London hospital and it is
thought he may have suffered superficial burns and
his condition is certainly not critical.
On February 14, when more than 5,000 Sri Lankans
were demonstrating in front of the official
residence of British Prime Minister at 10, Downing
Street against the LTTE another pro-LTTE man
attempted to burn himself by pouring an incendiary
fuel on his body but the police arrested him and he
is still in the remand jail.
Days before that another suspected pro-LTTE man
poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire
and committed suicide in Geneva, Switzerland. All
are British residents.
Suicides are rampant among Tamils and the LTTE is a
leading group who practices suicide bombing as a
political weapon mostly against civilians. (EOM)