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Day 2 of Sydney Fast Unto Action

April 12, 2009

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Overnight a number of families stayed with Sutha, Theepan and Mathi to show their support and solidarity.

As predicted it rained overnight, however as Sutha had said in his opening speech – his family and hundreds of thousands of others in the conflict zone are being attacked and killed by the Sri Lankan Army regardless of rain, hail or shine. So this is no reason to stop our protests.

Please take time to visit the boys at Parramatta today, tommorow and the day after.

Everyone is busy, we understand this, but at the same time hundreds and thousands of our brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers are dying, have died or will die if the brutal military onslaught by the Sri Lankan Government is not stopped.

The UN has said over 3000 people have already died.

Over 7000 have been injured in the last THREE MONTHS ALONE.

This MUST NOT continue. WE NEED TO RISE TOGETHER AS TAMILS AND END THIS.

Holroyd City Council Councillor Vasee Rajadurai addressed the three australian youths last night and promised to take their demands to Kevin Rudd via Mayor Greg Cummings.

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  1. fastuntoactionaust permalink
    April 12, 2009 9:43 am

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on 12 April 2009 – https://fastuntoaction.wordpress.com/

    Hunger Strike Enters Second Day; Australian Tamil Youth
    Protest Against Sri Lanka’s Genocide of Tamils

    A hunger strike began at 5pm yesterday, 11 April 2009 in Church Street Mall, Parramatta urging the Australian government to use its diplomatic powers to pressure Sri Lanka into immediately entering a cease-fire.

    With over 1000 supporters gathering throughout the night, participants and supporters braved the rain and cold last night. “We will stay here for as long as it takes,” said Sita Gajan, a young mother who had attended with her children in strollers.

    The three young Tamil Australian protesters have four demands which they want met through the actions of the Government of Australia, which has the ability to use its diplomatic powers to push the Government of Sri Lanka:
    1. to enter an immediate ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam;
    2. to immediately allow food, medicine and aid into the conflict zone;
    3. to allow vital services, including medical services into the conflict zone;
    4. and the international community to allow the Tamil people, both in the conflict zone and those indefinitely detained in concentration camps in government-held areas, to decide independently where they wish to reside.

    In the first three months of this year alone, over 3500 Tamil civilians have been killed and over 12,000 Tamil causalities resulted due to the Government of Sri Lanka’s bombing of hospitals and civilian targets both inside and outside its self declared safe zone. There is evidence of the Sri Lankan Army’s use of cluster bombs, white phosphorous and chemical weapons in these attacks. They have also banned medicine, aid and food from entering the conflict zone, effectively using starvation as a weapon of war. These breach international law and are war crimes.

    Yet the Sri Lankan conflict has not been discussed in the United Nations General Assembly or Security Council.

    Two British Tamil youth began a hunger strike in front of the British Parliament, which has entered its sixth day today.

    Internationally the Tamil Diaspora has taken to the streets to rally against Sri Lanka’s genocide of the Tamils in the island. Over 100,000 Tamils protested in the streets of London yesterday (Reuters, 11/04/09). Over 50 protests have been held to date nationwide in Australia.

    The Tamil Diaspora protesters have vowed to continue their activism until their demands of protection of the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka at met. Their most urgent demand is that of an immediate ceasefire to the conflict.

    The Tamil community in Australia call on the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to acknowledge their grievances and use his diplomatic powers to put an end to the genocide of the Tamils. World leaders cannot stay silent any longer. They must work together to act now and put an end to what may be another Rwanda in the making.

    Web-blog of protest – https://fastuntoaction.wordpress.com/

    Media Contacts:
    Mr Adrian Francis – 0420 522 099
    Mr Mohan Raja – 0407 749 024
    Dr Sam Pari – 0433 428 967

  2. Sekar permalink
    April 12, 2009 10:34 am

    Holroyd City Council Councillor Vasee Rajadurai to take Hunger Strike demands to Kevin Rudd

    http://www.tamilsydney.com/content/view/2052/37/

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