Monday, February 23, 2009

Sri Lankan Expatriate Rally in Washington airs plight of Tamil civilians trapped by LTTE

Washington, D.C. 22 February (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lankan nationals and supporters from across the United States held a rally Friday February 20 in the vicinity of the White House in Washington, D.C. in an effort to urge the US Government to put pressure on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to release innocent civilians held by the LTTE as human shields in the northern part of the country.

A large number of Sri Lankans attended the rally, representing the three major ethnic groups of Sri Lanka - Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims expressing the plight of the Tamil civilians trapped in the Northern Region of Sri Lanka due to the Tamil Tiger brutal effort preventing them to cross over to the Sri Lanka government declared safe zone.

Without any formal organization structure, these Sri Lankan supporters gathered on the Ellipse in front of The White House to visibly counter the false and malicious propaganda of the pro-LTTE professionals and activists in the United States. The unity of the supporters is a symbol of the overwhelming call for the American government to take action in Sri Lanka’s quest for peace.

The LTTE, also known as the “Tamil Tigers,” a separatist terrorist organization aimed at the creation of a mono-ethnic state encompassing the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka a South Asian nation off the southern tip of India with a nineteen million people approximately the size of West Virginia.

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