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Sri Lankan state’s terror assault on Tamils goes on

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2150

Four British Tamils began a new hunger strike on Friday of last week as part of the ongoing demonstration against the Sri Lankan government’s assault on the Tamils.

The protest in Parliament Square, central London, has continued without a break since 6 April.

The campaign by Tamils in Britain has pushed the media into reporting events in Sri Lanka that they previously ignored.

The Sri Lankan government’s horrific assault on areas previously controlled by the Tamil Tigers group was continuing as Socialist Worker went to press.

This is despite its claims that the main offensive is over.


A makeshift hospital in the north of the country was shelled by the military last Saturday, killing at least 64 civilians and wounding another 87.

The Sri Lankan government was this week forced to admit that it had bombed “safe areas” after aerial images were released.

It had previously claimed these areas were havens where the tens of thousands of civilians displaced during its military assault could find shelter.

The United Nations has reported that at least 6,500 people have been killed during the government’s offensive.

London meeting backs Tamil struggle

Around 70 people attended a meeting on the Tamils’ crisis in central London last week.

Speakers from Socialist Worker and the British Tamils Forum agreed that the current situation stems from a history of oppression of Tamil people by Sri Lanka’s rulers.

Tamil activists were glad that a wider layer of people were becoming aware of their plight.

It was agreed to arrange further joint meetings to work out ways to spread awareness in Britain of the Tamils’ situation.

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Tue 5 May 2009, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2150
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