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Masses Unite to Commemorate Tamil Deaths

July 24, 2009

Australian Tamils will unite in solidarity at Sydney’s Town Hall Square tonight for a candle light vigil from 5pm to 8pm, as they commemorate the 3000 lives lost 26 years ago during Black July – a government backed anti-Tamil pogrom in Sri Lanka.

“Our houses were burnt, our mothers, sisters, father and brothers were brutally slaughtered. We, the lucky ones escaped and found a new home in Australia,” said Adrian Francis, a young Tamil activist. “The symbolism of the flame of every candle lit tonight marks our respect to the victims of the Sri Lankan government’s brutality, and our desire to see the blossoming of freedom for Tamils living in the island of Sri Lanka,” he further added.

26 years on the Tamil plight continues. The systematic genocide has claimed the lives of over 130,000 innocent Tamil civilians in the island of Sri Lanka. Over 20,000 were lost this year alone to the barrage unleashed upon them by the Sri Lankan military.

The government of Sri Lanka has made allegations of reconciliation and yet 300 000 Tamils remain detained behind barbed wire with inadequate access to food, medicine, water and poor sanitation trapped in concentration camps run by the government military. Times UK reported that 1400 Tamils die per week in the Menik Farm camp alone.

The event will comprise of inspirational speeches and songs expressing the agony and yearning for freedom implanted in every Tamil’s heart.

Media Contact: Mr Adrian Francis – 0420 522 099

2 Comments leave one →
  1. paramountplaces permalink
    July 24, 2009 4:59 pm

    very informative. best of luck .

  2. July 24, 2009 5:49 pm

    You will be in my prayers!

    God Bless You

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