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‘Breaking the Silence’ comes to King’s College London

Students from King’s College London Tamil Society held an exhibition last week to raise awareness of the ongoing genocide of the Tamil people and called on fellow students and lecturers to sign a petition calling for an independent investigation into war crimes.

Held in partnership with seven other London university Tamil societies, the exhibition of banners, posters and leaflets created by the university students was on display at the student union on Guys campus in London Bridge.

Having recently become one of King’s College London’s selected “Platform Campaigns”, this was the Tamil Society’s first campaign event of the year.

Set up on a busy Tuesday afternoon with the student union decorated in red and yellow bunting, the exhibition attracted hundreds of students throughout the day who stopped to sign petitions online and learn more about the genocide on the island. Many students also signed postcards to be sent to the England and Wales Cricket board, calling for a boycott of Sri Lankan Cricket, until human rights abuses have been addressed.

KCL Tamil Society members guided students round the exhibition, wearing T-shirts with Edmund Burke’s famous quote,

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

As students made their way through the exhibition of posters, they also stopped to watch a moving video being played, with excerpts from news reports and a slideshow of images depicting the suffering of the Tamil people during the war.

The video, created by Tivyan Wignes, can be seen below:

Students also added their thoughts onto a “thought board”, which swiftly began to fill with words such as “Holocaust”, “Heart wrenching” and “Freedom”.

See our earlier posts:

City University hosts ‘Breaking the Silence’ (Dec 2011)

Imperial's Tamil society launch 2011's 'Breaking the Silence' (Nov 2011)

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