Italian Tamils express support for Eezham homeland

[TamilNet, Monday, 16 June 2008, 14:40 GMT]
Diaspora Tamils in Northern Italy gathered Sunday for Pongku Thamizh rally held in Piazza Argentina in Milan, one of the largest cities in Italy, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and voiced their support for Eezham Tamil homeland, Tamils right to self-determination, and protested against the Sri Lankan state's aerial bombardment of Tamil civilians and rights violations of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. Burani Vainer, a renown lawyer in Italy for his legal defence of freedom struggles, addressed the audience as a chief guest, on the principles of the right to self determination.

Pongku Thamizh, Italy, 2008
Around 500 Tamils took part in the Pongku Thamizh rally in Milan in Northern Italy, on 15 June, 2008.


Tamil poet Arivumathi, the other chief guest from Tamil Nadu, India, also addressed the audience.

Italy, Pongku Thamizh
Burani Vainer from the Association of Democratic Jurists, addressing the Pongku Thamizh rally in Milan
Italy, Pongku Thamizh
Thamileelam National flag hoisted at Piazza Argentina in Milan
The organisers of the Pongku Thamizh rally said that although only a few hundreds Tamils reside in metropolitan area of Milan nearly 500 Tamils gathered in the city where 30 Tamils families live. Many participants had come from remote areas of Northern Italy to take part in the rally.

Meanwhile, a few Sinhalese persons, believed to be working for the Sri Lankan government, arrived at the site and mobilsed a counter-protest with around 30 Sinhalese expatriates at 4:00 p.m. They were carrying Sri Lankan Lion flag and demanded the Police to remove the Tamileelam flag having Tiger emblem, saying that the Tamils were carrying the flag of the LTTE, which was proscribed in EU.

Tamil activists explained to the Italian police officials that the flag they hoisted was national flag of Eezham Tamils and that it was a cultural right of the Tamils to hoist their national flag.

The flag remained hoisted till the rally was concluded at 6:00 p.m.

Speaking to media, after the rally, the organisors said that the flag was designated in 1990 as the national flag of Eezham Tamils and that the flag carried deep sentiments of Eezham Tamils. The organisors thanked the Italian authorities for their cooperation and understanding for allowing Tamils to express their legitimate aspirations. The Tamil rally was carried out according to the rules and regulations in Italy, with necessary permissions obtained in advance, they further said.

The LTTE's emblem, which is in white background with the movement's legend marked around the Tiger insignia, was different from the Tamileelam flag which carries the Tiger symbol in red background. The Tiger insignia is an image deep rooted in Tamil heritage, centuries before the emergence of the LTTE.

Around 50,000 Sinhalese expatriates live in Northern Italy.

Italy, Pongku Thamizh
Around 30 Sinhalese, staging a counter-protest to Tamil rally


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
13.07.20 16:30  
Sonia-Rahul’s Congress advocates India strengthening US-led “Quad” alliance
12.07.20 10:04  
Sinhala Police OIC hit Tamil women with vehicle for opposing monks-led heritage ‘task force’
11.07.20 03:40   Photo
CBK, Kadirgamar condemned at Navaali genocidal massacre remembrance event
10.07.20 00:05   Photo
SL Police harasses Shivajilingam at 25th Remembrance of Navaali massacre in Jaffna
09.07.20 09:33  
SL Navy brutally assaults Tamil fishers in Mullaith-theevu
08.07.20 16:33   Photo
Sinhala colonists encroach into Kangku-veali, Mean-kamam reservoirs in Trincomalee
07.07.20 19:36   Photo
Colombo schemes to expand ilmenite scooping into North from Pulmoaddai in East
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=26036