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UCL and QMUL round up ‘Breaking the Silence’

University College London and Queen Mary, University of London hosted successful “Breaking the Silence” events, as the university led campaign drew to a close.

The final two events, held on consecutive days, pulled in hundreds of students throughout the two days, eager to learn more about the ongoing genocide of Tamils.

With a colourful display of banners, posters and leaflets, large crowds gathered round the displays to sign a petition pushing for an independent investigation into war crimes and discussed the the continued oppression of the Tamil people on the island. Hundreds also signed postcards addressed to the England and Wales Cricket Board calling for a boycott of Sri Lankan cricket.

At Queen Mary, a candlelight vigil was held and a moment’s silence observed to remember all those that had passed in the conflict.

University College London’s display had paintings depicting life in Sri Lanka for Tamil people, touching on the subjects of camps and displacement. They were created by an artist who had managed to escape from the island, after the massacre in Vanni.

All the posters on display were made by university students from different Tamil societies, as the exhibition passed through seven London university campuses.

See our earlier posts:

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

City University hosts ‘Breaking the Silence’

Imperial's Tamil society launch 2011's 'Breaking the Silence'

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