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20 000 Tamils protest in UK

June 21, 2009

BBC – Thousands march for Tamil rights

An estimated 20,000 people have marched in London in support of the minority Tamil population in Sri Lanka.

In May government forces wiped out the Tamil Tiger leadership, ending a 26-year war between the army and rebels.

More than 250,000 people are displaced from their homes in northern Sri Lanka, according to the UN.

The demonstration follows a 73-day protest for peace in the country that ended on Wednesday and featured mass sit-ins blocking central London roads.

Many of those at Saturday’s demonstration waved black flags representing the civilians killed in the last phase of the conflict.

They carried placards accusing the Sri Lankan government of genocide and asking for thousands of displaced people held in camps to be released.

Some of the campaigners compared the plight of displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka to Nazi Germany.

The Press Association – Pro-Tamils stage protest rally

Channel 4 – Thousands march in support of Tamils

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