Sri Lankan nationalists, led by Buddhist monks, demonstrate outside the United Nations (UN) compound in the capital Colombo on September 1, 2016. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI
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Dozens of Sri Lankan nationalists rallied outside the United Nations compound in Colombo Thursday as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the island, protesting against the U.N.'s actions during a prolonged civil war.The protesting ultra-nationalists accuse the U.N. of siding with Tamil rebels while hardliners in the Tamil community also criticize it for failing to protect civilians during Sri Lanka's 37-year ethnic war.The U.N. leader held talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Wednesday evening after arriving in Sri Lanka from Myanmar, and is due to meet with President Maithripala Sirisena later Thursday.The U.N. has been pushing for a special court to investigate allegations that up to 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by government forces in the final months of fighting.
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