[IMC-UK-Features] Proposed Feature - Tamil March

Mark mark at tlio.org.uk
Mon Jun 22 00:31:50 PDT 2009


To:  Indymedia Features

Hi

Sent this to you yesturday (copied below). Can you let me know if/how this
upload is going to happen?  I strongly feel the issue deserves promotion
as a Front page story.

There are further links to the piece which may be included such as the end
of the Parliament Square protest (73 days), and also links to previous
blockade of Westminister
http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/1347

&
Sri Lankan president attracts protestors to Lord's
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432861.html

There may be a report of the latter protest which may still get reported
on the newswire.

Thanx,

Mark

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Subject: Proposed Feature - Tamil March
From:    "Mark" <mark at tlio.org.uk>
Date:    Sun, June 21, 2009 1:24 pm
To:      imc-uk-features at lists.indymedia.org
Cc:      ana at aktivix.org; rikkiindymedia at googlemail.com;
uma.prince108 at googlemail.com
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Hi

I have the following proposal for a main feature on the UK site.

I've laid it out as below (also attached - you'll better unserstand what
key words in text relate to imbedded weblinks - key words in bold).

Story consist of following main items in newswire:

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432828.html
&
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432832.html


The Proposed Feature:


On Saturday 20th June, around 100,000
people(http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432769.html) (mainly Tamils)
marched in Central London in support of the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
The march was organised by the British Tamil Forum
(http://www.tamilsforum.com/).
Report here:http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432828.html
Short Film:http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432832.html
Pics: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432769.html
&
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432814.html

Over 280,000 displaced civilians are being held in prison camps - living
in dire conditions with poor sanitation, without adequate security, with
reports disease is rife. Young girls being abducted from the camps. Read
report here:http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432769.html
Amnesty International has received consistent reports of serious human
rights violations, including enforced disappearance, extra-judicial
executions and torture and sexual violence. Read article here:
http://thereport.amnesty.org/en/regions/asia-pacific/sri-lanka

There have been accusations of
genocide(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LegacyofColonialism/message/2124)
having taken place in Sri Lanka in last few months. In the recent conflict
in Sri Lanka, so far this year, over 20,000 Tamils (a very conservative
estimate) – mainly civilians - have lost their lives in a massive military
onslaught (http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/05/429989.html) by
Sinhalese Sri Lankan government forces as a 26-year civil war came to a
climax (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LegacyofColonialism/message/2100),
involving the use of cluster bombs and shelling (:
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0902368.htm]), with
widespread reports the SLA used chemical weapons
(http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/images/stories/PDF/WWWReport_SriLankaUseChemicalBombs_08thApril2009.pdf).
Three doctors who were working inside the last Tamil Tiger-held war zone
were detained by the Sri Lankan Army & held on suspicion of collaborating
with Tamil rebels. Appeal to World Leaders for release of Dr.
Shanmugarajah, Dr. Varatharajah and Dr Sathiyamoorthy
Ref:  http://voiceagainstgenocide.org/vag/node/106

On 4th June, the Sri Lankan authorities refused entry to a humanitarian
aid ship carrying vital supplies of food and medical aid for Tamil victims
of recent conflict.
Latest on the whereabouts of the ship:
http://asiantribune.com/06/19/ask-lanka-to-allow-relief-ship-karunanidhi-tells-indian-govt/comment-page-1/#comment-176

Despite massive international pressure, on Wed 27th May, the United
Nations Human Rights Council refused calls to investigate allegations of
war crimes by both sides.
http://www.tamilnewsnetwork.com/tamilnewsnetwork.com/post/2009/05/28/Sri-Lanka-forces-West-to-retreat-over-e28098war-crimese28099-with-victory-at-UN.aspx

Meanwhile, ongoing repression of independent media & of government critics
continues: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432637.html

More Info: Historical background to the Ethnic conflict between the Sinhalese
majority and the Tamil population on the former British
colony:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LegacyofColonialism/message/2070 &
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LegacyofColonialism/messages/2071

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