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British Tamils remember Black July

Over 200 British Tamils staged a demonstration outside Number 10 Downing Street today, in remembrance of 1983 Black July massacre .

Marking the 30th year since the deadly pogrom of 1983, Tamils from 3 generations yielded placards and banners that highlighted the on-going genocide of the Tamils in the North-East of Sri Lanka. Banners displayed to the public that the events of Black July were a small fragment of the unabated destruction faced by the Tamil nation in the North-East.

Young Tamil activists also participated in raising awareness of the unabated destruction of the Tamil nation by handing leaflets to members of the public.

Significant interest was shown by people passing the demonstration, who stopped to ask further questions about the current situation in Sri Lanka. Many were taken aback to find that  Tamils were yet to receive justice for the numerous massacres they had been subjected to, and that the destruction of the Tamil nation continued today.

Members of the Tamil Youth Organisation also marked the day, embarking on the first stint of a five day awareness raising walk, which commenced  from Downing Street. The Tamil youth will carry a liberation flame throughout the walk whilst handing out leaflets, which raise awareness about the on-going destruction of the Tamil nation in the North-East. at famous sites and monuments throughout London.  The first stint of the walk saw the Tamil youth campaign outside Westminster Abbey and the London Eye.

The demonstration, which was organised by the British Tamil diaspora group, the British Tamil Forum, ended with the crowds observing a 1 minute candlelit vigil for those that lost their lives and  reaffirmation of the need for accountability, justice and a political solution that stops the ongoing genocide of the Tamil nation in the North-East.

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