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Candlelight Vigil, Car Rally in Sydney

May 11, 2009

Greens MP Ian Cohen to address the audience

Candlelight Vigil
Monday, May 11th
Martin Place Amphitheatre, Sydney

Car Rally
Tuesday, May 12th
Meet at 6.00am at Binalong Park, Binalong Rd, Toongabbie
We will be driving to Canberra to protest at Parliament House on its first day of sitting.

WE NEED CAR NUMBERS. Call 0434 978 085 to confirm your details.

Read press release here.

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  1. fastuntoactionaust permalink
    May 11, 2009 3:07 pm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on 11 May 2009 12:00PM –

    Tamil Hunger Striker Passes 192nd Hour; Sri Lanka’s “Mother’s Day Massacre” of Tamils sees Increase in Local Activism

    A young man in Sydney has entered his 9th day of a hunger strike, urging the Australian government to support calls for a cease-fire and condemn the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) for deliberate attacks on Tamil civilians.

    On Sunday, as Australians celebrated “Mother’s Day”, Tamil women and children lost their lives as the Sri Lankan government, in blatant disregard for international law and its own claim to “cease use of heavy weaponry”, increased its shelling and bombing of the no-fire conflict zone where over 130,000 civilians are claimed to be taking refuge on a small strip of land.

    Initial reports by a medical officer in the conflict zone put the death toll at 378, which included over a hundred children. The latest report by a local aid agency in region has put the death toll at 3200.

    Over 1000 mourners are expected to attend a candle light vigil tonight at 6PM at Martin Place Amphitheatre to grieve the loss of almost 10,000 civilians this year alone due to the Sri Lankan government’s carnage. Several union leaders, including Greens MP Ian Cohen will address the gathering.

    Tomorrow, over 300 cars will participate in a car rally as Sydney-siders commute to Canberra to protest outside Parliament House from 11AM till 4PM. The cars adorned with the National Flags of Australia and Tamil Eelam, will leave Binalong Park, Toongabbie at 7AM.

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) regional director Brad Adams accused the SLA yesterday of committing “war crimes”, following a series of deliberate attacks on makeshift hospitals in rebel territory this week that killed hundreds and left scores wounded.

    “Hospitals are supposed to be sanctuaries from shelling, not targets,” said Adams, urging the U.N Security Council to take immediate action.

    Last weekend, British Channel 4 News team was deported by the Sri Lankan authorities days after reporting allegations of abuse in government camps for displaced Tamils.

    The report, including the first independent footage inside the facilities since a Government ban on all media, contained allegations of sexual abuse and human rights violations, verifying claims by aid organisations that these were “concentration camps”.

    Media Contacts:
    Dr Sam Pari – 0433 428 967
    Mr Adrian Francis – 0420 522 099

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