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Tamil demonstrators block streets

[BBC, Monday, 20 April 2009 10:16 No Comment]

Tamils staging an ongoing demonstration in central London have broken through police lines and are blocking roads around Parliament.

Hundreds of people gathered in Parliament Square as MPs returned from the Easter recess.


Two weeks ago demonstrators began rallying over the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers separatist group.


Protesters want the UK to end the war in Sri Lanka, which is a former colony.


But the Sri Lankan government has rejected calls for a ceasefire, arguing it would give the Tamil Tigers time to regroup.


The Tigers – or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – are fighting for a separatist state in the north and east of the island.


They are a proscribed terrorist group in many countries, including the UK.


The latest London incident comes a day after Gordon Brown sent a special envoy to the United Nations in New York for "urgent" talks on Sri Lanka.


Des Browne will work to try to secure a ceasefire between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels fighting in the north of Sri Lanka.

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