Tamil protesters descend on Ottawa

Thousands rally on Parliament Hill

Despite the wet weather, members of Canada’s Tamil community are packing Parliament Hill to demand that the Canadian government impose sanctions on Sri Lanka. Tens of thousands are expected to arrive in Ottawa today to protest the heavy-handed approach of the Sri Lankan regime throughout the 25-year-long civil war that has left an estimated 70,000 people dead. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) want an independent state for Sri Lanka’s minority Tamil community. Leading up to today’s protest, the demonstrators have been criticized for flying the flag of the LTTE, which is designated a terrorist group in Canada.


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