Norwegian Tamils demonstrate against Sri Lanka's Genocide of Tamils
[TamilNet, Thursday, 05 February 2009, 08:09 GMT] Norwegian Tamils marched through Central Oslo (Youngstorget) on Wednesday around 6:00 p.m to condemn Sri Lankan government for its genocidal war against Tamil people. The Leader of the Opposition, from the Conservative party (H), Ms. Erna Solberg, who spoke said that she doesn't support LTTE but she supports the right to self-determination for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Other key speakers at the event included Trond Jensrud, Leading member of Oslo City Council, representing the ruling Labour Party (AP), who said that it is about time the Tamils in Sri Lanka deserved to be treated fairly, and agreed that Tamil people have the legitimate right to self rule.
Bjørnar Moxness, Steering committee member for Oslo City Council, representing the Red party (R) said theSri Lankan government is not protecting its citizens and urged the world to recognise the aspirations of the Tamil people.
The 'Torch Parade' organised by Norwegian Tamil Forum (NTF) drew more than 3500 participants who made the effort take part in the record-turnout event amidst inclement weather.
The people carried national flags of Tamil Eelam together images of LTTE leader, Pirapaharan.
There were banners urging the Co-Chairs to ''Recognise Tamils Right to Self-determination,'' ''Put pressure on Sri Lanka to Stop Genocide,'' and ''We took up arms because our rights were denied."
The protesters also displayed banners condemning the genocide of Tamils by the Sri Lankan state and expressing their support for an independent Tamil Eelam.