As part of the United States Tamil Political Action Committee (USTPAC) and the NoToSriLanka teams’ initiative of hosting a “Boycott Sri Lanka Rally” in major international cities, Tamil Americans of Delaware Valley Region (Delaware, Pennsylvania and South Jersey region) organized a rally on Sunday, Dec 27th, between 11AM – 3PM, at Concord Mall, 4737 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.
Several protestors from the above three states participated enthusiastically with banners and placards that depicted why Sri Lankan products should be boycotted by the civilized and peace loving people. Dr. Soma Ilangovan presided the protest rally, and Duraikkannan organized the event. Outside, temperatures were freezing cold and windy, yet several families including women and children participated in the rally and registered their voices.
Organizers of the rally made calls to shoppers to participate in future protests and show their support. These rallies are not only meant for Tamils but also to freedom loving Americans to stop the genocide in Sri Lanka. At the end of the protest, pamphlets were issued to several American shoppers. The American public cheered up and expressed their support honking their cars.
Garment is one of the major revenue sources for Sri Lanka. It is this revenue that is boosting the confidence of the Sri Lankan regime to continue the genocidal war on Tamils. Their revenue can be crippled and the genocidal acts stopped by boycotting their products. In your day to day life – when you come across products made in Sri Lanka – a Tea bag in the grocery store or Garments in the Malls, every individual has the moral responsibility to boycott that product. These boycotts are sending a strong message to all businesses that deal with Sri Lankan products about the “loss of life” caused by every single transaction of these products.
With today’s boycott a message – one that cannot be tainted negatively or brushed aside easily, was sent to the Sri Lankan regime. Let us all realize how the strength of 1 million + strong Tamil Diaspora can multiply when they start working with all the freedom loving citizens of the country they live in.
Organizers thanked all who made this rally a great success.
Snap shots from the protest rally.
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