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Youth Activist Sivanthan concludes 22 day hunger strike

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 August 2012, 07:27 GMT]
Gobi Sivanthan, UK based Eezham Tamil youth activist, concluded his 22 day hunger strike coinciding with the final day of the London 2012 Olympics, on Sunday. Eezham Tamils from across the UK gathered at the spot where Sivanthan was fasting at Stratford, to convey solidarity with his protest as he broke his fast at 4 PM. Sivanthan had undertaken the hunger strike with five demands, including calling for an immediate halt to the “ongoing genocidal land grabs”. After the end of the fast, Tamils took a procession to Aspen way, along the route of the closing ceremony of the Olympics, and staged a three hour demonstration calling for a free Tamil Eelam and an end to the genocide of the Eezham Tamils.

Sivanthan concludes fast


Sivanthan concludes fast
Sivanthan is now hospitalized, undergoing monitoring of his health conditions following the 22 day long hunger strike.

Expressing solidarity with the demands of Sivanthan, Les Levidow from Campaign Against Criminalizing Communities (CAMPACC) spoke concisely in a video for TamilNet on the demand to release all the Eezham Tamil prisoners of war held by the Sri Lankan state, arguing that they were being treated as “non-people” by the Sri Lankan state.

He further said that the ICRC has a special responsibility to act on this matter because it was familiar with the workings of the LTTE, criticizing it for its silence.



Sivanthan concludes fast
“The prisoners must be protected from the abuses that have already been carried out by their Sri Lankan captors, in addition to possible abuses including possible death at the hands of the racist genocidal regime,” Mr. Levidow said.

Jeyananthamoorthy, former TNA MP, youth activist Parameswaran, who led a 23 day hunger strike during May 2009, Thanam, a senior activist of the TCC-UK, and Sophie, a youth activist spoke at the event conveying their solidarity with the hunger striker.

Parameswaran emphasised on the need for diaspora organizations to be clear on the fundamentals of the national liberation struggle while dealing with external actors.

All speakers asserted the need for holding the Eezham Tamil identity and the national symbols of the Eezham Tamils.

Vaiko from the MDMK and Maniarasan from the Tamizh Desiya Pothuvudamai Katchi conveyed their solidarity from Tamil Nadu, expressing firm support for the demands of Sivanthan.

Rajamanoharan delivered an evocative poem on the struggle of Eezham Tamils.

Sivanthan concludes fast
Sivanthan concludes fast


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