A large group of people gathered at the Railway Station started a protest against Callum Macrae as the ‘Deyata Kirula’ train in which Macrae was traveling arrived at Anuradhapura around 10.45am.
A spokesman from the Anuradhapura Railway Station said that certain protesters sat on the railway tracks and blocked the lines preventing the train to proceed further.
Several protestors then proceeded to enter the train car that the Channel 4 journalists including Callum McRae were travelling in and proceeded to continue with their protest.
At this moment journalist Jonathan Miller proceeded to respond to the protestors showing a newspaper report which stated that President Mahinda Rajapakse had invited them to visit the country.
The protest continued for nearly 2 hours, and later, Anuradhapura Senior DIG Ravi Wijegunawardana intervened in the incident and sent Macrae and the television crew to Colombo by a separate motor vehicle.
Callum Macrae who produced several anti Sri Lankan documentary films arrived in the island along with a television crew on Monday to cover the CHOGM.
A similar protest against Macrae was staged in front of the departure terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport on Macrae’s arrival on Monday.
Meanwhile Channel 4 journalist Jonathan Miller managed to approach President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ask a few questions when the latter was leaving the Conference Venue after the inauguration of the Commonwealth Business Forum yesterday.
The Channel 4 telecast its video footage on President Rajapaksa yesterday, and Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella expressed his views on Channel 4 Journalist’s behaviour during a media briefing held in Colombo this morning.He said that an investigation has already been initiated to ascertain how the Channel 4 journalist circumvented the high security measures to approach the President.