Tamils hold “Will Break the Obstacles!” rally in Berlin
[TamilNet, Saturday, 24 October 2009, 08:44 GMT]
Tamil Diaspora in Germany gathered Thursday in Berlin to stage a protest march in an effort to draw the attention of the international community to the pathetic plight of Tamils interned in Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camps. Two youths, representing students in Tamil Nadu, T. Sreenivasa Rao and Iraa. Gnanasekaran, on their journey in Europe to take part in the UN conference on Global Warming Awareness in Denmark on 7 December, took part in the march and rally. They have made it their duty to raise their voices for the interned Tamils, in all the countries they pass through, sources in Berlin said.
The demonstrators marched four km through the main streets of Berlin and held a meeting in front of the world famous Brandenburgen Gate.
Asia representative of the Society for Threatened People, Ulrich Dalius, Human Rights activist and German parliamentarian of Green Peace Party, Volker BecK and Ms. Shopia Deeg, Palestine journalist and writer of International Solidarity Movement spoke at the meeting.
Both Seenuvas Rao and Gnanasekaran addressed the meeting in Tamil and English condemning the Sri Lankan government for the atrocity committed against innocent Tamils interned in camps surrounded by barbed wire.
At the beginning of the march the student representatives from Tamil Nadu and Ulric Dalius submitted a memorandum to Manuel Muller, the Foreign Ministry Officer in charge of Sri Lankan affairs, which requested urgent assistance to provide the needs of the inmates in the internment camps.
Manuel Muller said that German government is not wholly satisfied with Sri Lanka in treating the Tamils detained and that it is carefully observing the conditions in Sri Lanka and the attitude of its government, the sources added.