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Tamil Protest in Sydney Wednesday 8th of April

April 7, 2009

A rally is being organised for Wednesday 8th of April to protest against the Genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Meet at 3pm at Hyde Park with warm clothing. The Protest may continue indefinitely. Details are still being worked out.

For speech by Tamil youth activist  – given at the Sydney Tamil rally in March, click here.

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  1. fastuntoactionaust permalink
    April 7, 2009 7:27 pm

    My fellow Australians,
    Living in Australia I have enjoyed luxuries such as freedom of speech, education, food, water and medical care. I enjoy a life without the fear of persecution, abduction or death because of who I am. I see media that operates freely without Government or Army intervention.

    But then I look at Sri Lanka, sadly I see something is missing. The media is suppressed by a Government and Armed forces who place patriotism and a bloody war ahead of free media. A map used by Sri Lankan Army Spokesperson Udaya Nanayakarra to brief journalists visiting Sri Lanka has the following message pinned to it:
    “It is the Soldier, not the reporter who gives us the freedom of the press.
    It is the soldier not the poet who gives us the freedom of speech.
    It is the Soldier, not the politician that ensures our right to Life, Freedom, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
    I see my fellow Tamils living in Sri Lanka and I am overcome with sorrow to see that they are denied the luxuries that I enjoy here in Australia. They live their lives in fear of persecution, abduction and death because of who they are.
    For over sixty years Sri Lankan Government has carried out sadistic and systematic anti-Tamil pogroms.
    Since January 2009, the World has witnessed the culmination of this. The deliberate targeting of Government sanctioned “Safe Zones” by state military forces, has seen Nearly 3000 dead, over 7000 injured and a quarter of a million people being forced into shrinking space by a military onslaught, without food or medical aid, as the Government continues to block the delivery of essential aid to civilians in the conflict zone.
    This problem has been further exacerbated by a systemic attempt by Government forces to shatter infrastructure required to provide adequate care to regional populations with deliberate bombing of medical facilities.
    As this happens the Government of Sri Lanka continues to spout the usual lies and cover-ups with the Secretary of Defence Ghotabaya Rajapaske claiming there were no casualties.
    There have been repeated calls from the World Food Programme to deliver essential food, medical supplies and other goods continue to be declined by Government officials.

    To me, it is beyond evident that the sole agenda of the Government of Sri Lanka is to wipe out the Tamil Population!

    If this was happening somewhere else, the Government officials would be dragged before a War Crimes tribunal! Saddam Hussein was hanged for such crimes!
    To the world powers, I implore you to end your tacit approval of this genocide and make a genuine demand a ceasefire. I also call on you acknowledge an independent Tamil homeland is the ONLY viable solution to safeguard equality and justice, the cornerstones of universal ambitions of the United Nations.

    To the International Monetary Fund, I ask you not to grant the $1.9 billion loan, because all it will be is blood money!

    To my fellow Australians, I plead to you to break your silence and speak out and make the cries of the voiceless heard. To send a clear message to the oppressors that they will NEVER BREAK OUR PEOPLE!

    To our Tamil brothers and sisters who are suffering back in Sri Lanka! The Tamil Diaspora will NEVER give up on you! We will not stop until there is Peace. Peace with Justice and Freedom!

    Our Time is Now!

  2. Rasty-UK permalink
    April 14, 2009 11:54 pm

    Legacy of British Colonisation in Srilanka
    In 1799 June, Sir Hugh Cleghorn, the first British Colonial Secretary wrote to the British Government…
    Two different nations from a very ancient period have divided between them the possession of the Island. First the Sinhalese, inhabiting the interior of the country in its Southern and Western parts, and secondly the Malabars (Tamils) who possess the Northern and Eastern Districts. These two nations differ entirely in their religion, language and manners
    A Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom, Dr. Rachel Joyce, apologised for the error of Colonial Britain in making a unitary Ceylon out of two nations, the Tamils and the Sinhalese, now resulted in blood bath in the north eastern Srilanka. Over 75,000 Tamils died in the past 61 years as a result of the democratisation and the ill fated constitution since the independence in 1948. Can you blame the Tamils for this great injustice and the blunder resulted with the whole Tamil population displaced as refugees and further 3000 civilians killed this year alone. Tamils need justice.
    Only solution is to go back to the basics and recognize Tamils right to live in their own country and their homeland Tamil Eelam. Only way forward for the good of both communities, Great Britain should show Britishness do the honour to stop the genocide of Tamils.and give peace to Tamils and Singlese people of Srilanka..

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