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'It is not the way for post-conflict ambitions,' say London protestors

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 April 2009, 16:33 GMT]
“The spontaneous demonstrations that are taking place in world capitals are a result of the failure of deliberations between community elders and the ruling circles of the International Community," said 17-year-old M. Kavitha who got injured in police charging during the protest in London on Tuesday. "The younger generation of the diaspora, disillusioned over the elder’s faith in the IC governments, has taken to the streets now,” she said commenting on the continued agitation taking place outside the Houses of Parliament in London since Monday by angry Eezham Tamil protestors demanding Britain to act immediately to bring in ceasefire in Sri Lanka. The protestors defied normal British procedures of getting prior permission in staging their demonstration.

London protest
A young Tamil protestor in the hands of the British Police [Photo: Reuters]

Protest in UK
M. Kavitha injured in her arm in the police charge
London protest
S. Ranjan from London talking to TamilNet
London protest
Police carry away a demonstrotor wounded in the protest [Photo: Reuters]
The British Police arrested at least four Tamils as clashes erupted between the police and the angry demonstrators who blocked the Westminster Bridge. Similar spontaneous demonstrations are being staged in Paris and in Oslo. Norwegian Tamils Tuesday besieged the Norwegian Prime Minister's office.

"We invite our North American Tamil brethren, showing enthusiasm in legal procedures, also to take to streets demanding the US government, which is the sole power that can act with real independence in bringing the war to an end," said 45-year-old S. Ranjan, another participant of the protest.

"The parliaments of Britain, Canada, EU and the US (Congress), were vocal enough and have said enough on the question. But the world’s ruling coterie is adamant about seeing Tamil subjugation. The diaspora is now uncontrollable. The way the demonstrations are taking place, it seems the time has come for the ruling circles to face the people directly," Mr. Ranjan said.

"Having set such a situation, how all those who harbour ‘post-conflict ambitions’ in the Island are going to get the necessary cooperation from the people is the question that puzzles many. Perhaps the new global order doesn’t need people’s participation, but only subjugation. If so, they are inviting long and protracted trouble. Tamils have nothing to lose now," he continued.

Excerpts of the interview given by Mr. Ranjan to TamilNet follows:

"What the Indian Establishment and the ruling circles of IC don’t understand or don’t want to acknowledge is the fact that the Eezham struggle is a unique combination of people’s will and an armed movement to safeguard the will of the people.

"Given the nature of Sinhala chauvinism in the Island, the armed movement was an inevitable necessity to protect the will of the Tamil people. Meeting Tamil aspirations with brutal violence is a historically attested, unrectifiable attribute of the Sinhala state. Thus, the need to combine armed struggle with the will of people is an irrefutable reality in the context of the Island.

"A long oppressed people, identifying themselves a nation, seeking self-determination is one of the noblest causes of human civilization.

"Struggle for self-determination is a time-tested political phenomenon unlike the numerous ephemeral and discredited rhetoric the world power blocs were inventing from time to time culminating in the ‘war on terror’, in the prism of which a lopsided war is allowed in Sri Lanka.

"The Sri Lankan state, which has no moral standing at all to win the civilization-tested question of the Tamil struggle, is abetted by a few individuals who have hijacked the Indian Establishment and by a coterie of the ruling circles of the IC.

"For reasons known to them, India and the IC didn’t give a fair chance to Tamils even in waging a struggle. They put their entire wait to tilt the balance in favour of injustice.

"The net result is a multifaceted genocide of Tamils in the Island: physical, structural, cultural and above all emotional.

"It is committed with shameless information sabotage. The spineless international media will go on record in the annals of civilization for its knowing-failure.

"In their greed and haste to declare a ‘post-conflict’ arena for their manoeuvres and for petty electoral agenda, the abettors are setting an obnoxious precedence to human civilization.

"Colombo and abettors have now reached a stage that war any more amounts to direct subjugation of people."

London protest
Protestors blocking road [Photo: AP]
Protest in UK
Protestors block the roads around British Parliament [Photo: Getty Images]
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Protesters calling for an end to the civil war in Sri Lanka caused major rush-hour disruption to central London as they besieged Westminster. [Photo: Getty Images]



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