French Tamils demonstrate against killings in Vanni
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 28 January 2009, 14:08 GMT]
Several hundred French Tamils who gathered in front of the French Parliament Tuesday around 3:00 p.m to demonstrate in protest against the genocide of Tamils in Vanni in Sri Lanka were sent back by the French police even after obtaining official permission protest demonstration, sources in Paris said. The protestors, however, went ahead and started the demonstration in La Chapelle area where the crowd swelled to around 4000 persons, according to protesters.
Though the police asked the protestors to leave the area in the beginning later they allowed the demonstration to proceed on learning about the genocide unleashed by the Sri Lanka government on the innocent Tamils in Vanni.
The police allowed the protestors to demonstrate until 8:00 p.m.
The protestors demanded that the French media should report the large demonstration and expose Sri Lankan government’s
Protesters complained that the French media is exercising self-censorship in reporting the carnage of Tamils in Vanni.
The demonstration was continued until after media persons visited the site to cover the event.
The Tamil traders in La Chapelle closed their business establishments offering full support to the demonstration.
The police at the site granted the organizers permission for another protest demonstration scheduled for Wednesday around 2:00 p.m in Etuval, a noted historical site in Paris, the protestors further said.