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Thousands expected for Tamil march -ITN

[MISC, Saturday, 11 April 2009 08:43 No Comment]

One of two protesters staging a hunger strike will suspend his fast as thousands of people take to the streets to march in protest against the Sri Lankan government’s offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels and alleged human rights abuses.


The march – led by student groups – will start at Embankment in central London and will end in Green Park.

A group of around 500 Tamil supporters has been occupying London’s Parliament Square for five days.

Two of the protesters – Sivatharsan Sivakumaraval, 21, and Prarameswaran Subramaniam, 28 – have been on a hunger strike since Monday but Mr Sivakumaraval has agreed to suspend his fast for ten days.

Supporters had feared the pair were close to suffering renal failure.


On Friday night both men agreed to take liquids after politicians pledged to help them take part in talks on the plight of the Tamils living in Sri Lanka.


Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, is trying to arrange for a delegation of protesters to travel to the UN, Washington and Brussels with MPs for political talks.

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