Boycott Sri Lanka campaign in Chennai

“Are you shopping at Big Bazaar or Mega Mart or Spencers? Check the product label. If it is from Sri Lanka, it is made of the blood of Tamils,” reads a pamphlet distributed by activists of ‘May 17 Movement’ in Chenai, Tamil Nadu. On Saturday, members of the ‘May 17 Movement’ stood outside popular shopping malls to garner the support of the upper class for their campaign against genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. The members, clad in white T-shirts, on which were printed slogans highlighting the human rights violation in Lanka, held placards which read - boycott Sri Lankan products, cricket...

Unwelcome reminder in Berlin

Sri Lankan embassy officials attempt to counter Tamils protesting against war crimes with a display of their own purporting to show how the military saved Tamil civilians. One day each year foreign embassies and some government institutions in Berlin throw their doors open to the general public to show their premises and promote their tourism potentials. This year the annual ‘All Nations Festival’, which has been organised for over decade by the German Foreign Minister, was held July 2. However, Sri Lanka’s efforts this year were confronted by an uncomfortable reality – German Tamils...

German Tamil schools hold sports meet

An athletics meet for students from Tamil schools across a number of Germany's states was held in Munich on Saturday 2 July, pathivu.com reported. The event began at 10am with the raising of the Tamil Eelam flag and the lighting of the ceremonial flame. Participating students marched in with their school colours ahead of the races, long jumps and other athletic events Winning students were awarded points along with medals, with those schools with the highest number of points also being awarded victory cups. Krefeld Tamil School won the event with 555 points, Meerbusch Tamil School came second...

Thaalam: a youth celebration of dance

The Arts and Culture Council of the Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance (CTYA) presented its much anticipated annual dance competition on Sunday June 19 at the prestigious John Bassett Theatre. ‘Thaalam’, the interuniversity and college dance competition featuring youth dancers from across Canada, and was hosted with various Tamil Students Associations (TSAs) from academic institutions across the country. Teams put on energetic and colourful performances, cheered on by supportive contingents from their respective institutions. A common theme was the celebration of the Tamil identity and homeland. “...

Boycott campaign pressed at final Sri Lanka test match

Tamil activists leafleted Saturday outside the Rose Bowl cricket ground in Hampshire where Sri Lanka is playing the third and final test match against England, to raise further awareness of war crimes in the final months of the island’s war and to build support for a cricket boycott . Activists of the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO-UK) set up banners opposite the giant wickets at the ground’s entrance, and handed out leaflets and chatted with arriving spectators. Amid press reports of poor ticket sales and restricted capacity for the Rose Bowl test match, the TYO staged a short and...

British Tamil sports festival returns

British Tamil sports teams competed at the 20th annual sports festival on May 29 for trophies in football, volleyball and netball. The event was hosted by the British Tamil Sports League (BTSL), which took it over from the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO). The BTSL , formed in 2004 to manage leagues for Tamil Diaspora football tournaments, now also conducts those for volleyball and netball. The British Tamil Sports Council ( BTSC ), whose chairman presented winners with their prizes at the day’s end, is another. Many of the teams competing trace their heritage, reflected in their names...

TYO-Canada remembers Sivakumar

The Tamil Youth Organization (TYO-Canada) organized sports and cultural events on June 11 and 12 in honour of Pon. Sivakumar, a Jaffna Tamil student activist in the early seventies who committed suicide on June 5 1974 to escape torture in police custody. To mark the 37th anniversary of Sivakumar’s death, TYO organized its annual soccer tournament in partnership with the Canadian Tamil Sports Association (CTSA) on Saturday June 11, and on June 12 held a memorial event with cultural performances, dramas, speeches, and poems performed by Canadian university and high school students. “Pon...

TYO-Germany raises awareness

Tamil activists in Germany participated at the International Pentecostal Youth Meeting on June 11 in Gelsenkirchen, raising awareness of the Sri Lanka’s persecution of the Tamils, and marking Tamil Student Uprising Day. The International Pentecostal Youth Meeting brings together youth groups, youth associations, bands, sports groups, youth clubs, parties, other organizations and individuals from around the world. Representatives of the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) Germany staged an exhibition of Tamil heritage, distributed leaflets and held discussions with youth from Germany and other...

Rain helps Tamil activists at Cardiff test match

Rain that drenched Tamil youth activists conducting a major leafleting effort in support of the ‘Boycott Sri Lankan Cricket’ campaign on Saturday, the third day of Sri Lanka’s first test match against England, proved a blessing in disguise when it stopped play till lunch, allowing them to canvass crowds of spectators milling outside the Swalec Stadium in Wales. Two dozen activists received warm support and encouragement from spectators, including several members of England’s colourful ‘Barmy Army’, as they handed out leaflets and conversed with them over several hours, organizers said...

New trees living memorial to genocide victims

As part of the activities marking Tamil Genocide Remembrance Month, Tamil youths in Canada organised a tree planting event in Downsview Park, Toronto, on Sunday May 22. The planting of numerous trees to commemorate the victims of the peak in May 2009 of Sri Lanka’s genocide, was organised by the Tamil Youth Organization (TYO-Canada) in partnership with Evergreen, a not-for-profit environmental organization. “The trees we planted will stand in future as a living memorial to the countless Tamils who were systematically murdered by the Sri Lankan government,” said TYO member Thurga Vijayapavan...

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