Candles are held to remember those killed on the island during the Sri Lankan Governments UN sponsored operation.
Candles are held to remember those killed on the island during the Sri Lankan Governments UN sponsored operation.

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Tamil Heroes Day of Remembrance. Excel Center, London. 27th November 2009

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In the traditional month of remembrance, around fifty thousand British Tamils gather in London to remember those killed, wounded, displaced and now held in concentration camps on the Island of Sri Lanka.

They spend the day remembering the dead and listening to speeches given by representatives of all the UK political parties and from aid agency workers and civil liberty groups.

The event takes place as the Ultra-Nationalist Government of Sri Lanka continue to buckle under accusations of war crimes committed against the Tamil population during the military operation.

At present, almost a third of a million people remain locked into concentration camps on the island with no end to their ordeal in sight.

The operation, undertaken by the Ultra Nationalist Government of Sri Lanka, but brought into being by large international actors operating within the UN including the US, UK, Iran, China, Russia and India has now fully exposed a newly created multi-polar geo-political faultline in South Asia running from the Strategically important Sri Lanka, through India, into Pakistan and on into Afghanistan and the Caucus

London. 27th November 2009.

A large video screen relays images of about fifty thousand Tamils in attendance at the Excel Center above a ceremonial area representing the thousands of Tamils killed during 2009 in the military campaign waged by the Sri Lankan Government. Since the completion of the operation, evidence has emerged that Government forces were summarily executing Tamils on the island. Hundreds of thousands remain in concentration camps.
A large video screen relays images of about fifty thousand Tamils in attendance at the Excel Center above a ceremonial area representing the thousands of Tamils killed during 2009 in the military campaign waged by the Sri Lankan Government. Since the completion of the operation, evidence has emerged that Government forces were summarily executing Tamils on the island. Hundreds of thousands remain in concentration camps.

An enactment of the war is performed placing into stark terms the use of heavy weapons used against the civilian population on the island. The operation waged by the Sri Lankan Government has claimed the lives of between twenty and thirty thousand people in the middle part of 2009.
An enactment of the war is performed placing into stark terms the use of heavy weapons used against the civilian population on the island. The operation waged by the Sri Lankan Government has claimed the lives of between twenty and thirty thousand people in the middle part of 2009.

Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, Susan Kramer speaks to the assembled crowd. She says - Anyone who thinks the Tamils have been defeated, should be here today and see everyone here in their thousands, with their families
Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, Susan Kramer speaks to the assembled crowd. She says - Anyone who thinks the Tamils have been defeated, should be here today and see everyone here in their thousands, with their families

Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, John McDonnell, says - We are here today to remember those who lost their lives and those who are suffering...but we also remember the suffering that [has] been inflicted upon them by a government that now stands accused of war crimes. We also remember with shame, those countries...that allowed the massacre to happen, we condemn those countries for failing to fulfill their basic humanitarian responsibilites.
Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, John McDonnell, says - We are here today to remember those who lost their lives and those who are suffering...but we also remember the suffering that [has] been inflicted upon them by a government that now stands accused of war crimes. We also remember with shame, those countries...that allowed the massacre to happen, we condemn those countries for failing to fulfill their basic humanitarian responsibilites.

A performer reaches into a bucket and pulls out a cloth drenched in blood. He is representing the Sinhalese politician and national leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa, bathing in the blood of the Tamil people after their slaughter and displacement.
A performer reaches into a bucket and pulls out a cloth drenched in blood. He is representing the Sinhalese politician and national leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa, bathing in the blood of the Tamil people after their slaughter and displacement.

A tamil woman recoils from the spectre of the United Nations during the enactment. The prosecution of the final assault against the Tamils waged by the Sri Lankan Government was brought about due to multi-polar political manouvering on the world stage by the US, UK, Iran, Russia, China and India. Manouvering that directly led to the deaths of up to thirty thousand innocent people on the island.
A tamil woman recoils from the spectre of the United Nations during the enactment. The prosecution of the final assault against the Tamils waged by the Sri Lankan Government was brought about due to multi-polar political manouvering on the world stage by the US, UK, Iran, Russia, China and India. Manouvering that directly led to the deaths of up to thirty thousand innocent people on the island.

Conservative MP for Ilford North, Lee Scott, says - The Tamil people deserve to lead their lives with freedom [and] with dignity...The time has come for Sri Lanka to be suspended from the Commonwealth until such time as Tamils [have] their human rights. A few weeks ago I visited Auschwitz...at the end of the Second World War a lesson should have been learnt, no more camps.
Conservative MP for Ilford North, Lee Scott, says - The Tamil people deserve to lead their lives with freedom [and] with dignity...The time has come for Sri Lanka to be suspended from the Commonwealth until such time as Tamils [have] their human rights. A few weeks ago I visited Auschwitz...at the end of the Second World War a lesson should have been learnt, no more camps.

Tamils enact the current situation in Sri Lanka, the incarceration of almost a third of a million people locked into concentration camps. Despite repeated assurance that they will be released, they remain. The Sri Lankan Government are attempting to disperse them in controlled release phases to prevent any opposition to the Nationalist Government developing on the island. As a result, the Tamil prisoners are likely to remain in the camps for many months or possibly years to come.
Tamils enact the current situation in Sri Lanka, the incarceration of almost a third of a million people locked into concentration camps. Despite repeated assurance that they will be released, they remain. The Sri Lankan Government are attempting to disperse them in controlled release phases to prevent any opposition to the Nationalist Government developing on the island. As a result, the Tamil prisoners are likely to remain in the camps for many months or possibly years to come.