Tamil Canadians declare "Tamil solidarity week"

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 May 2006, 01:28 GMT]
The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) an organization which represents the interest of expatriate Tamil Canadians, held a press conference Monday in Toronto to declare May 8th through the 14th as "Tamil Solidarity Week for Peace." This week will bring together Tamil Canadians and other peace-loving Canadians to express their solidarity and support for finding lasting peace in Sri Lanka," said Mr. David Poobalapillai a spokesperson for the CTC.

Tamil solidarity week in Canada
"Canada's recent decision to proscribe one party of the peace process, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), has dealt a blow for the prospects for peace in Sri Lanka and placed the lives of our relatives and loved ones in NorthEast in grave danger," Mr. Poobalapillai said. "The delicate balance of power that was critical in maintaining the Ceasefire has been upset by the Canadian Government's ill-conceived decision to blacklist one of the parties in the peace process," the CTC spokesperson said.

"Canada's decision has also emboldened the Sri Lankan military and Sinhala hardliners to step up the violence against Tamil civilians in an attempt to provoke a new war," he further said.

According to the CTC, Tamil Solidarity Week will also highlight how the ban has infringed on fundamental rights and freedoms of Canadian Tamils. "The Tamil community is being slandered and portrayed in a negative light in the media. At places of work and educational institutions, Tamils are increasingly subject to suspicion and scrutiny. The ban has curtailed community's regular activities and this has profoundly aggrieved us," the Congress said.

"Canada is a bastion for fundamental rights and freedoms. Unlike the failed Sri Lankan state, in Canada, we have a Charter that guarantees our rights and freedoms. As such, we will not tolerate any infringement of our rights and freedoms," the Tamil Congress spokesperson added.

CTC requested Canadian Tamils to display black flags and pins in their automobiles, homes and business establishments in a show of solidarity during the week. The week will culminate with a peace gathering being organized by community groups around Greater Toronto Area, the CTC said.

Tamil youth organisations, alumni associations, women's organizations, senior's organizations, sports clubs, leading Tamil Canadian intellectuals and professionals, and the Canadian Tamil Media Forum will participate and organise events throughout the week, according to the CTC.

 

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