Canadian Tamil Congress

Canadian Tamil Congress

August 14, 2006 15:34 ET

Tamils Gather in Downtown Ottawa to Protest Orphanage Bombing

Canadian Tamils are to stage a demonstration in front of Foreign Affairs headquarters to protest the federal governments lack of support in light of recent violence in Sri Lanka.

Attention: News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 14, 2006) - 61 schoolgirls died as an orphange was bombeb early Monday afternoon in Sri Lanka's northern district of Mullaituvu. The LTTE administration blamed the Sri Lankan military for the atrocious use of indiscriminate force. Tamil Canadians are organizing a gathering in front of Foreign Affairs headquarters in downtown Ottawa today. The demonstration, spearheaded by the Canadian Tamil Congress, is intended to call attention to the federal government's apparent lack of concern for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Although the Sri Lankan military has acknowledged its role in the Mullaituvu district bombing mission, military spokesman, Major Upali Rajapakse, has denied any responsibility for the destruction of the orphanage in question. Thorfinnur Omarsson, spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, claimed that an SLMM representative visited the orphanage and confirmed that the "damage had clearly been caused by an air strike."

"The world is watching a gruesome tragedy unfold day after day in Sri Lanka yet no one intercedes to staunch the blood," said David Poopalapillai, CTC.

"It isn't enough to lament the violence on both sides. Nearly 300,000 ethnic Tamils live in Canada. These 300,000 honest, tax-paying Canadian citizens would like to see their elected representatives condemn the Sri Lankan government for acts of barbarism, like the indiscrimiante bombing campaign witnessed today or the cold-blooded murder of 17 Tamil aid workers last week," said Poopalapillai.

A spike in hostilities over the past two weeks has claimed the lives of over 450 people and displaced a staggering 100,000 Tamils.

Last month, the CTC requested that the Canadian federal government take a more proactive approach to the conflict in Sri Lanka. The organization asked the Harper government to appoint an independent human rights expert to its embassy in Colombo as well as appoint an NGO to monitor the equitable distribution of foreign aid money to Sri Lanka.

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For further information, contact:

David Poopalapillai
Canadian Tamil Congress
Spokesperson
905-781-7034
poopalapillai@rogers.com

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