Tamils in Netherlands demonstrate
in support of Struggle for Tamil Eelam, 29 May
[see also Tamils demonstrate in
Australia, Canada, France, Germany,
Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, South
More than 600 Tamils from across Netherlands
gathered in front of the Twedekamer, the Netherlands
parliament, in the Hague, the political capital of
the Netherlands from 11:45 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.
Monday. The leader of the Tamil - Dutch soiidarity
group, Savarimuttu Mahendran, talking to media said
the Netherlands, once a colonial ruler of Tamil
kingdom in the island of Sri Lanka, having a historic
knowledge of Tamils sovereign rights, and ruled the
Tamil kingdom separately as a nation, should come
forward to help the Tamils re-establish their rights.
Mr. Anne Verzigl, representing the refugee
organisation PRIME, addresses the gathering. Krista
van Velzen, Foreign Affairs Committee member and
Socialesteshe Partij (SP) parliamentarian, receiving
appeal from Sinnaiah Inthiran, President of the Tamil
centre for human rights in Netherlands. The
Netherlands is also aware of the current state of
affairs and has been providing asylumn to Tamils from
Northeast Sri Lanka for almost 22 years, Mr.
"Tamils of Northeast, both through their active
participation, sacrifices and sustained support to
the cause, have entrusted the Liberation Tigers, and
placed with them the responsibility of restoring the
Tamil sovereignty," Savarimuttu told the media.
The Tamil diaspora, has never accepted the Sri Lankan
state as representing their sovereign rights and the
Government of Sri Lanka should not be regarded as a
state-actor in the context of Tamil national problem,
he further said.
The Tamil representatives, the Liberation Tigers and
the Government of Sri Lanka, should only negotiate as
equal partners to define a path towards a peaceful
resolution of the problem, he added.
The representatives of various Tamil organisations
and Mr. Savarimuttu, handed over an appeal to Foreign
Affairs Committee official and parliamentarian Ms.
Krista van Velden. About 75 Tamils live near
Twedekamer, the Netherlands parliament in the Hague.