British Tamils demonstrate at Parliament Square
[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 November 2008, 16:48 GMT]
Thousands of British Tamils demonstrated at the Parliament Square in London on Wednesday between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., urging the British Parliament to demand the Government of Sri Lanka to stop the genocide unleashed on Eezham Tamils. The Diaspora Tamils also carried banners seeking the British Parliament to recognise Tamils' right to self-determination in their homeland. The gathering also expressed gratitude to the people of Tamil Nadu for their solidarity with Eezham Tamils.
Diaspora Tamil activists carried banners that read: Stop the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka, impose economic sanctions and arms embargo against Sri Lanka, recognise Tamils right to Self-Determination and Thank you Tamil Nadu.
Eight British Parliamentarians from different political parties addressed the participants of the demonstration.
The day was chosen as it is the Prime Minister’s Question (PMQ) day, on Wednesday to have the attention of the maximum number of Members of Parliament, the organisers of the British Tamils Forum (BTF) said.
The BTF was set-up in 2006 with the support 88 British Tamil community organisations in UK with the aim of alleviating the sufferings of the Tamils community in the Island of Sri Lanka and to further their right to self determination within a democratic frame work underpinned by the the international law, its covenants and conventions.