UK notes upsurge in nationalism after war

The British Foreign office notes in its travel advice for Sri Lanka that the end of the military conflict in May 2009 has seen an upsurge of nationalism in Sri Lanka.

As a result, anti-Western (particularly anti-British) rhetoric has increased, the travel advice which was last updated on August 14, has said.

“This has led to violent protests against the British High Commission and other diplomatic premises. Although no protests have so far been directed at the British community more generally, you should be vigilant and avoid demonstrations,” the travel advice said.

It also says that although the LTTE suffered a military defeat in May 2009, the Government maintains extensive anti-terrorism powers and increased security measures including checkpoints.

A highly visible military presence remains throughout the country, the travel advice states.