In act of solidarity, British Tamils protested on Tuesday, demanding the immediate release of the four Jaffna university students arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Department for defying the Sri Lankan security forces and marking Tamil remembrance day on the 27th November.
Echoing Tamil youth in Jaffna, Tamil youth in the UK, from university Tamil societies across the country and the Tamil Youth Organisation UK, tied black clothing across their mouths, condemning the silencing of the freedom of speech of youth back home.
Tamils across the generations joined the youth by 10 Downing Street, in London on a bitterly cold Winter’s evening, to campaign for the release of the four students and for an end to the militarisation of the North-East.
Carrying placards condemning the militarisation and on-going genocide, Tamils shouted, “stop attacking Tamil students”, “self-determination, for the Tamil nation”, “Sri Lankan Army, get out of Tamil Eelam” and “let us remember our heroes”.
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Addressing the protesters, Visakan from the Imperial College Tamil Society said:
“At Imperial, we were all shocked and horrified to hear the news of our very brave brothers and sisters, and fellow Tamil students in the Tamil homeland, in the Jaffna university – an environment where the students cannot even mourn our own war dead is clearly not one that is conducive to democracy… We call for the immediate release of the four students that have been detained.”