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Australian Tamil hunger strike against genocide

12 April 2009
Three young Tamil Australians began a hunger strike on April 11 to demand that the Australian government press for a permanent ceasefire by the Sri Lankan Army. The SLA is carrying out a brutal military offensive against the Tamil people in the island's north, with more than 3000 civilians killed this year already.

Initially, the hungers strikers camped outside Kirribilli House, the residence of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Sydney, along with thousands of supporters. On April 14, Tamil protesters and supporters traveled to Canberra to protest.

One of the hunger strikers, Suthra Thanabalasingam, told Green Left Weekly that the hunger strikers have refused to eat food or drink any water since 5pm on April 11. The hunger strikers are demanding that the Australian government to use its diplomatic powers to push the Sri Lankan government:

  • To agree to an immediate ceasefire;
  • to allow food, medicine and aid into the conflict zone;
  • to allow medical and other vital services into the conflict zone; and
  • allow the Tamil People, both in the conflict zone and those indefinitely detained in concentration camps in government-held areas, to decide independently where they wish to reside

Thanabalasingam urged the Australian public to support Tamil protests and join the fight against Genocide taking place.

Today there will be protests at The Lodge in Canberra and there are more protests planned.

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2 Com:

Lara | April 16, 2009

Thanks for reporting on this. These three young Tamils are very resolved to bring attention to the Genocide, and the plight of their families sand friends. However their refusal to even drink water has led to a rapid deterioration in their health. Tonight at about 11pm, after confirming the degree of muscle breakdown, one young person was removed by ambulance from the Lodge to hospital for treatment, with at least one if not both of his comrades to follow overnight or tommorrow. Before they left though three more young people arrived to join the hunger strike and provide continuity - because one way or another - hospital or death - time was running out for the first three. The community has had to work very hard to convince the activists to accept medical aid, but havinf suffered so much already the Tamil community has so far been able to convince the young men that they are all needed for the long haul. One of the most disgraceful and immoral factors in this affair is that NOT ONE member of the Federal PARLIAMENT - or the local one - has been bothered to visit the hunger strikers. Not one. SHAME!! There is no conscience in the Government ranks - and it seems there's still no left opposition in the parliament in this country. We should all join the Tamils outside the Lodge this Friday - in solidarity with their just cause to end the Genocide and War. And while we are there, how about demanding some accountability from the elected representatives in the Parliament. As a mother I ask them all - if three young people committed to ending a war end up concluding that only a hunger strike to their deaths would gain them an audience - and they are still completely, 100% ignored, then is there any way they can have a voice?

Anonymous | May 02, 2009

I hope these terrorists will die of hunger. Don't they know that Australia (despite the arrogance of its convict inhabitants) is too insignificant a power in the world to have any influence on what Sri Lanka can or cannot do. We don't care two farts about what you say.

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