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Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action

(Ottawa, 11 April, 2009. Photo Credit: Ninaivukal)

The Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action has organised a physical and virtual exhibition showcasing interview, documents, photographs, and untold stories of the 2008-2009 Toronto Protests against the genocidal war in Sri Lanka.

(Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto, 16 April 2021. Photo Credit: Neethan Shan)

This project which brought together over 600 collected photos was a combined project with the support of Neethan Shan, Thevya Balendran, and Hiba Abdallah. The exhibition, which displays thousands gathering for protests from September 2008 to June 2009, is available online and a physical monument has been established at Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto.

(Gardiner Expressway, 10 May: Photo Credit: Nick Kozack)

The protests were held to draw international attention to the Tamil genocide, as Sri Lanka’s army massacred tens of thousands of civilians and committed mass atrocities to include summary executions, the shelling of hospitals, and sexual violence. Whilst the UN estimates that in the final weeks alone at least 17,000 people were killed, other estimates have noted that the figure could be as high as 25,000.

(Queen's Park protest, 10 May 2009: Photo Credit: Nick Kozack)

See the online archive here.

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