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Nationalists protest UN chief's visit to Sri Lanka

  • A member of opposition political party National Freedom Front, which is supporting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa holds a placard during a protest against current Sri Lanka tour of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began a visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday during which he is expected to discuss post-civil war reconciliation and human rights accountability with the country's leaders. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    A member of opposition political party National Freedom Front, which is supporting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa holds a placard during a protest against current Sri Lanka tour of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began a visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday during which he is expected to discuss post-civil war reconciliation and human rights accountability with the country's leaders. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of opposition political party National Freedom Front, which is supporting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa shout slogans holding placards during a protest against current Sri Lanka tour of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began a visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday during which he is expected to discuss post-civil war reconciliation and human rights accountability with the country's leaders. Placards on front right and back read " No to double standard talks dividing countries" in Sinhalese.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    Members of opposition political party National Freedom Front, which is supporting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa shout slogans holding placards during a protest against current Sri Lanka tour of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began a visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday during which he is expected to discuss post-civil war reconciliation and human rights accountability with the country's leaders. Placards on front right and back read " No to double standard talks dividing countries" in Sinhalese.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, right, poses with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during their meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Ban began the visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday during which he is expected to discuss post-civil war reconciliation and human rights accountability with the country's leaders. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, right, poses with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during their meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Ban began the visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday during which he is expected to discuss post-civil war reconciliation and human rights accountability with the country's leaders. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

Sri Lankan ethnic Sinhalese nationalists have protested the United Nations chief's visit to the island nation, accusing him of interfering in its internal matters.

Dozens of protesters gathered at two locations Thursday, the second day of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's visit. They shouted slogans accusing the world body of wanting to penalize Sri Lankan soldiers for ending a decades-long civil war with ethnic Tamil rebels.

They dispersed without incident after handing a petition to U.N. officials.

Ban arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday on his second visit to the country and met President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday.

They were expected to discuss Sri Lanka's progress in accounting for missing persons and addressing human rights violations committed during the civil war.