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Tamils rally to break Rudd Government’s silence on Sri Lankan war

April 27, 2009

Thousands of Australian Tamils will rally at Federation Square (Melbourne) at about 10.30am on 28th of April 2009 and outside Kirribilli House (Sydney) in another plea to the Rudd Government to help end the conflict in Sri Lanka.
 
Since January, 6,500 Tamils have died, 15,000 have been injured and over 300,000 made refugees. In the last week, nearly 2,000 Tamils have been killed. Tamil refugees are still denied food, water and medical supplies. Significant evidence of genocide mounts.

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    April 27, 2009 11:38 pm

    Thousands of Australian Tamils will rally at Federation Square (Melbourne) at about 10.30am, 28th of April 2009 and outside Kirribilli House in another plea to the Rudd Government to help end the conflict in Sri Lanka.

    Since January, 6,500 Tamils have died, 15,000 have been injured and over 300,000 made refugees. In the last week, nearly 2,000 Tamils have been killed. Tamil refugees are still denied food, water and medical supplies. Significant evidence of genocide mounts.

    The Sri Lankan Government has ignored demands from the UN, the USA, EU and the UK to end the fighting. Hilary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, condemned the Sri Lankan Government saying that “[it] knows the entire world is very disappointed that in its efforts to end what it sees as 25 years of conflict, it is causing such untold suffering [to the Tamil people].”

    The LTTE announced a ceasefire on Sunday and expressed its willingness to address the urgent humanitarian needs of civilians, but the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry rejected the peace initiative as a “joke”.

    Many Australian Tamils fear the Sri Lankan Government will ‘open fire’ on the tens of thousands of civilians in the remaining 10km sq strip of LTTE-controlled territory.

    Students and young professionals are leading the Melbourne and Canberra rallies to voice their concern about the Rudd Government’s refusal to condemn the Sri Lanka’s unpopular war.

    “The UN, the US, EU and UK have all publicly demanded that Sri Lanka end this war now. If the Rudd Government is against the killing of innocent Tamil civilians, it should make its stand clear,” says Haran Thanabalasingham, 30, an organiser of the Melbourne rally.

    “What are we to think if Kevin Rudd is silent about a war that continues to cause such devastation?”

    Federation Square rally will start at 10.30am.

    Media contacts:
    Shan Kumar – 0409 093 291
    Siva Murukupillai – 0404 894 591
    Haran Thanabalasingam – 0402 078 430

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