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British Tamils protest through London to mark 14 years since Mullivikkal massacre

Hundreds of British Tamils gathered in Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square earlier today to mark the 14th anniversary of the Tamil genocide which saw the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils by Sri Lanka's armed forces. 

Protesters held placards detailing the final days of the armed conflict where tens of thousands of Tamils were trapped in the No Fire Zones and subjected to heavy shelling by the Sri Lankan government.


The protesters later began marching from Parliament Square through Westminster, St James Park, and Trafalgar Square before heading towards 10 Downing Street. 

At the end of the march, the protesters gathered opposite 10 Downing Street where a minute's silence was observed and a sacrificial lamp was lit. 

The Union Jack and the national flag of Tamil Eelam was raised before participants paid their respects at a memorial dedicated to the Tamils who were killed in Sri Lanka's genocidal offensive in May 2009. 

Speaking at the event, the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) UK's Coordinator Barbara, called on the UK government to "support a political solution which would address the legitimate aspirations for the Tamil nation based on their right to self-determination." 

An exhibition entitled a 'War on Civilians' was also set up outside 10 Downing Street, featuring photographs from inside the Sri Lankan government declared 'No Fire Zones' where tens of thousands of Tamils were trapped and subjected to heavy shelling by the state. 



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