New York, Feb 16 (): The UN HQ at New York was taken siege by Tamil activists on February 12 demanding justice for Eelam Tamils.
The Tamil activists demanded action on UN delegates Vijay Nambiar, Ban Ki-moon and John Holmes, who facilitated the killings of Eelam Tamils. They appealed for an international investigation into the war crimes committed by Sri Lanka and sought a referendum on separate Tamil Eelam. The UN offices were taken siege by Tamil activists in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, France, Malaysia and London too on the same day in addition to New York.
It is to be noted that Murugathasan, a Tamil self-immolated in front of the UN office same day four years back, demanding justice for Eelam Tamils and condemning UN’s inaction over it.
Under New York Police surveillance, this agitation was coordinated by May 17 Movement which started around 11 am in front of the UN Headquarters in New York. Tamil activists against genocidal killings of Sri Lanka and representatives of Tamil groups like The Canadian Tamil Congress, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) etc congregated in front of the UN headquarters at New York.
Banners saying SRILANKA – WAR CRIMINAL,’ UN -INVESTIGATE,”WHAT DO WE WANT – JUSTICE,”WHEN DO WE WANT – NOW,’ were held and slogans were shouted against United Nations and Sri Lanka.
People who passed by in vehicles expressed their solidarity for the cause of Eelam Tamils by honking horns in American style. Leaflets distributed by May 17 movement were taken by people of many countries who passed by UN office at the time of protest.
A person of Nepali origin kindly enquired for the well-being of the protesting activists and said that he had worked for UN at Singapore and also that he knows Tamil. This was a boost to the agitators who were protesting in cold weather.
About 150 leaflets were distributed in the 2-hour protest that came to a close by 1 pm.
At the end of the protest, a Tamil Eelam woman said, ”Jews before they got a separate land would say every year that they would meet next year in Jerusalem” with the hope that atleast by next year they would get a land of their own.
With hearts full of hopes, the Tamil activists also left the venue saying that they would meet next year in Tamil Eelam.