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Sri Lankan Crisis on The Wire Radio Show!

March 12, 2009

The Wire: Tamil Tigers – terrorists or defending themselves against ethnic cleansing?

Violence in Sri Lanka is stepping up with reports from the Capital Colombo of fresh fighting between the Sri Lankan Army and the Rebel Group known as the Tamil Tigers. With more suicide bombings and another 50 people killed today, the International Red Cross is warning of an impending humanitarian disaster. Yesterday The Wire reported on calls by the Australian Council for International Development for our own government to step in and assist. But what is really behind the fighting? Tamil groups in Australia say the Tamils are not terrorists, but defending themselves against ethnic cleansing. Catherine Zengerer spoke to Professor John Whitehall, a Queensland Paediatirican who has taken up their cause. Also featured in story: Dr Sam Pari, Tamil Australian Youth Activist.

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