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The June 23 rd Forum at the Activist Centre drew 30 people who listened to presentations from Marty Gnanananthan (Tamil Youth Organisation -- pictured left), Francis Xavier (Tamil community) and Dr Brian Senewiratne (longtime pro-Tamil activist, pictured below right) on the genesis of the situation in Sri lanka and what we could do about it here in Australia.
What way forward
Gnanananthan detailed the long history of the suppression of the Tamil in Sri Lanka since independence in 1948 and bought up the history the dire conditions faced by the popualtion in the north after the war.
France Xavier explored the extent to which the Sr Lankan government had broken all human rights resolutions in its racist war on the Tamil minority.
Brian Senewiratne, after reviewing the scale of the slaughter in Sri lanka and the dire situation now being faced by the Tamil population incarcerated in detention camps, went on to detail what sort of campaign we can mount internationally to support the Tamil population. He called for a boycott Sri Lanka campaign to be mounted across the community and inside the trade union movement that mirrored the sort of approach now being pursued in support of the Palestinian struggle.
The forum was also an opportunity to present a new pamphlet on the Tamil struggle which has been written by Socialist Alliance members, Chris Slee and Dr Brian Senewiratne.
Copies of this very useful pamphlet can be purchased for $5 from a Socialist Alliance street stall or from the Activist Centre.