May 19, 2009 1:23:10 pm
Hundreds of Tamil protesters on Tuesday held a demonstration in front of the White House asking US President Barack Obama to help save the lives of civilians in Sri Lanka’s war zone. Carrying banners and posters,the Tamil protesters who had come from various parts of the country were raising slogans that Obama is their only hope now and reminded the US President of his statement last week on Sri Lanka in which he had urged the Tamil Tigers to lay down arms and the Lankan Government to stop shelling heavy weapons.
Despite that LTTE has announced to silence its guns,the Sri Lankan Government is continuing with its killing of innocent civilians,alleged Gerard Francis. Quite a few of the protesters had come from Canada as well,as the Tamils in this part of the world now believe that only the Obama Administration can help them save the lives of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Tamil protests in UK
Amid scuffles and protests,the Metropolitan police today arrested ten Tamil supporters after breaking up their sit-in protest outside the British Parliament.
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The police said nearly 2,000 people had gathered for a sit-in protest over the plight of Tamils trapped in Sri Lanka’s war-zone,on a road opposite the Houses of Parliament. The police broke up the protestors and cleared the roads around 12.15 am on Teusday.
Demonstrators,who were protesting for the second day today,brought traffic to an almost standstill last evening around the Parliament building. Protesters moved en masse to occupy parts of Bridge Street and Westminster Bridge,a major thoroughfare through central London.
Traffic in the area was diverted and a large police posse was posted around the protesters,with police helicopters circling above Parliament Square. The demonstration gained strength and virulence as reports from Colombo said leader of Tamil Tigers V Prabhakaran had been killed.
Many protesters refused to believe the reports and demanded that the world media be allowed to report from the north-east of Sri Lanka. London-based student Kulan Selvan,32,told BBC “There is a strong feeling of real anger here. For us the war is not over and we simply do not believe reports that the Tamil leader has been killed.
“We are deeply concerned for the people in our homeland. We believe thousands have been killed. The Sri Lankan government have refused to let the media in so we just t don’t know how bad it really is there.”
Some banners at the demonstration urged US President Barack Obama to send aid ships to Sri Lanka. Many demonstrators wore a white cloth around their heads and arms as a sign of solidarity.
Later a group of Tamil activists went to the Capitol Hill to meet the lawmakers and brief them about the situation on the ground. They said that the Obama Administration should send its men there as soon as possible before all the evidence of alleged genocide is destroyed by the Lanka Government.
It is understood that the State Department later held a briefing for aides of the US lawmakers to give them an account of the ground realties and what the US is doing in this regard.
An acquaintance familiar with the briefing said the State Department official told them that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scheduled to call Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to express the concerns of the Obama Administration with regard to the humanitarian crisis in the northern parts of the country.
Meanwhile,the Tamil protesters decided to continue with their demonstration for another two days. They had held demonstration in front of the White House almost all of the last week.
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