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Australian Tamils Commence ‘Boycott Sri Lanka’ Campaign

April 25, 2009

Up to 8000 Tamil and non-Tamil Australians are to commence their ‘Boycott Sri Lanka’

campaign on Sunday 26 April at 1PM at Circular Quay.

Major Sydney city roads will be blocked for the thousands expected to converge at Circular Quay to walk along George Street towards Hyde Park.

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    April 25, 2009 8:11 pm

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    Australian Tamils Commence ‘Boycott Sri Lanka’ Campaign

    Up to 8000 Tamil and non-Tamil Australians are to commence their ‘Boycott Sri Lanka’ campaign on Sunday 26 April at 1PM at Circular Quay.

    Major Sydney city roads will be blocked for the thousands expected to converge at Circular Quay to walk along George Street towards Hyde Park.

    The mass rally comes after the community called off all demonstrations on Saturday 25 April so that they too may be able to participate in ANZAC Day commemorations.

    For the last several weeks, Australian Tamils have organised regular demonstrations nationwide protesting against the Sri Lankan government’s military campaign against the Tamils in the island, and urging the Australian government to pressure the Sri Lankan state into entering an immediate and permanent ceasefire. There have been up to 60 demonstrations nationwide over past several months, with more than four vigils and rallies last week in Sydney alone.

    Thousands of Tamil civilians have died in a space of a few days with the Sri Lankan government increasing its military campaign in the so-called ‘no fire safe zone’. Yesterday, the United Nations estimated that nearly 6500 Tamil civilians have died in the last three months and a total casualty count of over 20, 000.

    The last three days saw hundreds of Australian Tamils converge outside the offices of three Members of Parliament – Ms Julie Owens, Mr Joe Hockey and Mr Laurie Ferguson.

    Several grass-roots initiatives have been organised by the Australian Tamil community, including a week long hunger strike which ended over a week ago.

    Sources from the conflict zone have informed the Tamil Diaspora that the Sri Lankan Military had used cluster bombs and heavy artillery in its attempt to enter the ‘no-fire safe zone’ where currently over 250, 000 Tamil civilians are currently taking refuge. The only medical facility – a makeshift hospital – had also been bombed.

    Media Contacts:
    Dr Sam Pari – 0433 428 967
    Ms Geetha Mano – 0433 452 981
    Ms Lav Theva – 0422 343 897

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