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INDICTMENT AGAINST SRI LANKA
Remembering Black July '83
Over two thousand people,
largely Tamils turned up outside the British Parliament on 23 July 2008 between
8 pm and 10 pm holding candles to mark their respect and remember the 3,000
Tamils who were slaughtered during Sri Lankan state
pogrom, 25 years ago.
Candle Light Vigil was organised by the
British Tamils Forum in association
with the Tamil Councillors & Associates. Age, religion, language or gender were
no barrier. People from all walks of life had made the effort to participate.
Through a series of chain mobile texts and emails people were contacted since last Sunday to inform them of this candlelight vigil. To have reached over two thousand people in just over two days shows the feelings amongst the Tamil Diaspora in the UK who want to show their solidarity with their brothers and sisters back in Tamil Eelam and give expression to their own resolve to support the struggle of Tamil Eelam to be free.
Though the UK Parliament was in recess since 22 July for the summer vacation , a few members of Parliament from the main political parties were present at the vigil to express their solidarity. The current and former Chairmen of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG – T) Hon Virendra Sharma MP and Hon Keith Vaz MP were accompanied by Hon Andrew Pelling MP and others.
The candlelight vigil was organised as part of a series of events to mark ‘Black July’ here in the UK. Starting with Pongu Thamil on 12 July, a photo exhibition depicting 60 years of oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka within the British Parliament on 16 July.
Leaflets were handed out during the rush hour at various points such as outside tube stations to raise the awareness of the British Public to the continuous human rights violations carried out by the Government of Sri Lanka. [For more information visit: www.tamilsforum.com ]
பிரித்தானிய நாடாளுமன்ற சதுக்கத்தில்
83 கறுப்பு யூலையின் 25 வருட நினைவு சுமந்து, 23 ஆம் நாள் ஜூலை மாதம் புதன்கிழமை
இரவு 8:00 மணி தொடக்கம் இரவு 10:00 மணி வரை மெழுகுவர்த்தி கவனயீர்ப்பு ஒன்றுகூடல்