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Another rogue state lines up

Last night I attended this moving event outside the Australian Prime Minister’s Sydney water-front home, in an attempt to force the government to pressure the Sri Lankan regime to stop its insane campaign against the Tamil people:

More than 1,000 Tamil protesters, mostly families with small children, staged a sit-down protest blocking the junction of Kirribilli Avenue and Carabella Streets outside the Prime Minister’s Sydney residence in Kirribilli. It was part of a global protest aimed at brokering a ceasefire between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers in north-eastern Sri Lanka…

The protest group, which began as a three-man hunger strike in Parramatta on Saturday, continued to grow despite Mr Rudd not being present inside. More than 30 police were monitoring the situation as the hunger strikers said they were prepared to “starve to death” to draw attention to the plight of their families under the continuing Sri Lankan government bombing.

The ABC has more:

A spokesman for the protesters, Adrian Francis, told ABC News Breakfast that the conditions of the weekend’s temporary two-day cease-fire in Sri Lanka were unacceptable.

“This cease-fire provides no comfort whatsoever to the Tamil people standing here today,” he said.

“Providing Tamils and civilians in the north and east of Sri Lanka 48 hours to escape, and nothing else, does not meet our demands whatsoever.

“We demand that there’s a cease-fire that incorporates Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [Tamil Tigers].

“We demand that there’s urgent food and medicine that should reach the Tamil civilians, we demand that the Tamils have the right to self-determination – they have the right to live where they want to live – and we also want the international community to know there is a serious genocide happening against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka at the moment.”

Such peaceful expressions of protest should be praised for raising the profile of the issue in the general public and highlighting a largely forgotten war, equally brutal as the Israeli campaigns against Palestine, but seemingly ignored in the Western press.

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  • Shumw

    Genocide – the most misused word by the Tamil Diaspora to deceive the world.

    Is there really genocide in Sri Lanka? or is it a bunch of terrorists who hold captive the very same people they claim to protect as a human shield.

    I think if you really look at the facts you will find the answer. The Tamil tigers are commonly misinterpreted as ‘freedom fighters’, but are a terrorist organization that does not even value the freedom of the very people they claim to fight for. Why? For one they trap the Tamil people in the areas they are hiding just to use as a human shield. If they try to escape they are killed, burned alive. Few days ago a small boy who tried to escape was caught by the LTTE and both his legs were chopped off. Are these the doings of freedom fighters? Do they strap bombs to 13 year old girls and send them towards the army and remotely detonate it so that some LTTE military leaders trapped in a bunker can escape. Don’t believe me? Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDLekLyKFog http://www.spur.asn.au/chronology_of_suicide_bomb

    This is the true reality of terrorism in Sri Lanka. If as these protesters claim there is genocide, then this conflict would have been over months ago. The only reason it takes so long is that the army has to rescue the civilians who are trapped by the LTTE. Today the army rescued over 13000 (currently and growing) civilians from terrorist captivity by capturing a 3 Km earth bund on the western border of the No Fire Zone (which the LTTE is now trapped in, the army does not fire into this area but the LTTE hides among civilians they have trapped and fire at the army). Note: the LTTE launched a suicide attack at these civilians killing at least 17 women and children today (not a big surprise since they bombed refugee centers before killing dozens of innocent Tamil civilians: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3sGDnn9kEs)

    WHY THEN ARE THESE PEOPLE PROTESTING ????

    There are 4 kinds of people as I see it that support LTTE terrorists

    1.People who are under extortion from the LTTE. You can’t really blame them

    2.People deceived by the LTTE to support them. Tamils all around the world have been given an extremely wrong picture about the LTTE. They have been told that the LTTE fight to save these people. But really how can it be saving when they trap them and use as human shields, forcibly recruit child soldiers and civilians, loot people of the relief sent to them by the government (yes lots of relief is sent, contrary to what the protesters claim; relief is sent only to be looted by the LTTE. This is what they did to a large portion of Tsunami relief as well)

    3.Asylum seekers (not referring to all of them), asylum seekers in London join these protest because they do not want to see and end of the conflict here, because they’ll have to come back to SL leaving behind their luxuries

    4.People who want to see a separate country. (please do not interpret this as a racist comment, it only highlights the truth). Tamils are the only race in the world who do not have a country for their own, lots of people have been brainwashed by the LTTE to hope for a new country for their own for the first time, this motive is behind lots of protesters, and lots of politicians in Tamilnadu (I mean why else would all these people knowingly support a terrorist organization who not only brutally kill Sinhalese and Muslim people but kill any Tamil leader or civilian who goes against them)

    The bottom line is LTTE is Not the savior of the Tamil people. They are a terrorist organization who use Tamil people and racism to get at what they want – ‘Power’. Tens of thousands of civilians fleeing the LTTE areas and coming to government controlled areas, and how they are treated and taken care of by troops (there is enough and more video evidence) tells the true story. If these people who carry out their protests leave aside their petty ambitions for a new country, or not wanting to leave the luxury of London and come back to SL, they will see the real truth that they try to win their petty needs staying abroad and supporting terrorists at the expense of innocent Tamil civilians here (after all it’s not their children who are forcibly recruited as child soldiers, strapped with bombs and remotely detonated, they are not robbed from their food, their friends are not shot and burnt alive by LTTE when trying to escape)
    I saw on TV a set of protesters in London saying to lift the ban on LTTE as a terrorist group. That’s like asking to call Hitler a saint. Just take a look at the monstrosities the LTTE have done http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr
    And this is in government controlled areas where news reaches us. Who know what they did to the Tamil civilians they enslaved for so long.

    LTTE and the Tamil diaspora have truly deceived the world with their repetitive campaigns and rallies which shamelessly put forward lame lies.
    And just for the record, LTTE are truly barbaric. Apart from bombings they massacre Sinhala and Muslim villages they behead people, chop them with axes, put babies in pestles and grind. Don’t take my word for it, Look at the wiki link and you’ll see how brutal and savage they are. And all this with the ambition of creating an ethnically pure Tamil land (where even the Tamils won’t get to live with freedom)

  • Ronald Weiser

    Antony Loewenstein is a classic example of a "journalist" being used as a mouth piece for a terror group. His intentions are good, but his knowledge on the Sri Lankan conflict, or even the operation conducted by Sri Lanka against the Tigers, is NIL.
     
    Ignorance is a potent weapon for those looking to exploit it.
    Read the following Antony, Tamils in camps, or Tamils who have managed to convince you that Sri Lanka was on a "campaign against Tamil people," are the extremist. There are 4 million Tamils in Sri Lanka, the majority celebrate the Tigers defeat. In fact many voted for Rajapaksa in the Western Council elections.
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