Mass protest calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Sri Lanka

Thanks to Suren Surendiran who sent this to DS.

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British Tamils Forum
April 11, 2009

…[T]here will a mass protest march taking place today, Saturday 11th April 2009, from 1pm to 4:30pm, in Central London. We would be grateful if you would provide the coverage this humanitarian effort deserves. We are expecting thousands to attend. Over 100,000 attended the last protest march on 31st January 2009.

This demonstration has been organised to raise the call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

In a Press Release on Thursday, 8th April 2009, Human Rights Watch said “Sri Lanka’s so-called ‘no-fire zone’ is now one of the most dangerous places in the world,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Security Council has quibbled over protocol when it should be acting to bring an end to this ghastly loss of life.”

As you would be aware, this week saw the British Tamil Diaspora take to the streets in a spontaneous protest which has been contiuous since Monday 6th April 2009. This is the first time Tamils in the UK have made such a stand to pressure the UK establishment to do what they can to pressure the Government of Sri Lanka to agree to a ceasefire. Two British Tamil youths, who have been on hunger strike since 10pm on Monday 6th April 2009, are fast descending into critical health condition with their kidneys on the verge of failure.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend this forthcoming event and provide the coverage it warrants. Your presence and support will do a great deal to alert the international community about the indiscriminate bombing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan government and strengthen the growing call for an immediate and urgent ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, 11th April 2009
Time: 1pm – 4:30pm
Route: 1pm from near the Temple Tube Station by the Embankment to Hyde Park
(Route Map Attached)
(Nearest stations: Temple, Embankment and Westminster)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information regarding the event or other related matters. Please visit our website on for further information on our campaigns, activities and objectives.

Yours faithfully,

BTF Media Team

As a background to the conflict you may find useful and e-book entitled The Unspeakable Truth at:

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