Tamils protest in Europe as fighting continues

18th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Around 1500 Tamils gathered in the streets of The Hague today to protest against Sri Lankan army violence against ethnic Tamils in northeastern Sri Lanka.

THE HAGUE - Around 1500 Tamils gathered in the streets of The Hague today to protest against Sri Lankan army violence against ethnic Tamils in northeastern Sri Lanka.

The protest passed off peacefully. French police say around 11,000 Tamils took to the streets of Paris to demand a ceasefire.

A hunger strike by four Tamils entered its 11th day today.

The Sri Lankan army launched a major offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and have driven the rebels out of most of the territory that they held.

The UN refugee agency says it believes around 100,000 civilians are trapped in the conflict zone in dire humanitarian conditions.

Earlier this morning, the Sri Lankan government announced that there would be no letup in its offensive against LTTE rebels.

Last week, there was a two-day temporary ceasefire to allow civilians to flee the conflict zone. However, very few people managed to get out of the war zone.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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