The great victory achieved in persuading the EU in ‘temporarily’ withdrawing the GSP+ tax-concession must now be followed up by building Act Now’s Boycott campaign.
The fact that a body such as the EU have taken action because of Sri Lanka’s failure to protect human rights on the Island presents us with a great PR opportunity for the campaign. The arrest of ex-General Sarath Fonseka and the talk of War Crimes trials paints in the public mind a very black picture of Government of Sri Lanka and one we need to exploit.
We mentioned in our last Act Now News that we would be refining our campaign. We will announce our next moves soon (including efforts to keep the GSP withdrawn from SL). Graham Williamson attended and spoke on the campaign on behalf of Act Now at the launch of the Global Tamil Forum in Parliament last week. A number of overseas delegates were interested in joining the Global Boycott.
In the meantime, after our second successful Global Boycott weekend, we need to keep the public aware of Sri Lanka’s oppression of Tamils. Consequently we are organising our usual 12.00 am pickets of M&S stores on the 7th March (Sunday) and the 6th in the South-West. Organisers that require more flyers or wish to change their dates or times should advise ASAP.
CAN YOU HELP?
If you are based in London I suggest you join one of the following sites (even if only an hour or so) from 12am:
Central London – M&S (Marble Arch) 458 Oxford St. London W1C 1AP (Sunday 7th)
East London – M&S 39 South Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 1NT (Sunday 7th)
Contact: Nakkeeran 07930 226152
South London – M&S 116 North End, Croydon, CR9 1SH (Sunday 7th)
Contact: Abi 07970 907781
West London – M&S 31 St. Ann’s Rd, Town Centre, Harrow HA1 1NB (Sunday 7th)
Contact: Yogi 07929 349302
Activists living in London are being asked to turn up from 12pm sharp!
Outside London (all at 12 pm):
Bristol – Broadmead M&S (Saturday 6th) Tim 07817 504227
Exeter – High Street M&S (Saturday 6th)
Manchester – Piccadilly M&S (Sunday 7th)
Glasgow – Buchchanan Galleries (Sunday 7th) 11-3pm.
Donate to keep the campaign going
* Please give generously to keep the campaign going and click on the link below to donate via PayPal. PayPal is a secure and a simple way to send and receive money online. Please also forward this message to all. Please do both now!
* Alternatively we have a new, ethical, bank account at the Co-operative into which you can contribute directly: Act Now - Sort Code: 089299 A/C No: 6537322200.
* Or send a cheque ASAP to ACT NOW, c/o of our address at PO Box 4351, Hornchurch RM12 4PJ. We will acknowledge your donation and keep you posted.
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For further information, please contact:
Tim Martin, Director, Act Now
Tel: +44(0)7817 504 227
Email: [email protected]
Graham Williamson, Director, Act Now
Tel: +44(0)7970 455 445
Email: [email protected]