Massive Demonstration to demand banning the Tamil Tiger terrorists under the Criminal Code of Australia

A number of Sri Lankan community organisations in Victoria, NSW and the ACT joined hands to stage a massive  deomonstration of over 1000 Sri Lankan Australians in front of the Australian Federal Parliament on 19 June 2006 to protest against Tamil Tiger Terrorism and to seek a ban of the LTTE under Australia’s Criminal Code Act 1995.

Historical Citizens Initiative against Tamil Tiger Terrorism

Over 1,500 peace loving Sri Lankans attended the rally

 

 

 

To show our strength and solidarity against LTTE’s continued;

Violation of Human rights, mass murder of innocent civilians, ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese & Muslims from the north and east, recruitment of child soldiers, suicide bombing on political opponents and security personnel by violating CFA

AND HENCE

 

To convince the Australian Government and its people the need to proscribe the Terrorist outfit under the Criminal Code Act 1995;

 

(1) To stop fundraising by its front organizations,  

(2) To combat terrorist activities and hence to ensure the safety of  its citizens,

(3)  To support the Australian government stand against international terrorism  

 

The key objectives of the rally held in front of the Australian federal Parliament in Canberra were to:

 

(1) Urge the Australian Government to ban the Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Australia under the Criminal Code Act 1995, and make it a criminal offence to have contact or promote LTTE objectives in Australia; 

(2) Condemn the LTTE’s barbaric killing of civilians as evidenced by last Thursday’s bombing of a civilian bus killing 64 including 15 children and pregnant mothers;  

(3) Urge the International Criminal Court in the Hague to prosecute the LTTE hierarchy including Prabakaran, Balasingham, his wife Adele and Thamil Chelvam for crimes against humanity and genocide; and

(4) Prosecute the LTTE hierarchy for using children as soldiers and sex slaves  

 

The demonstration was held against the LTTE's continued violation of Human Rights, mass murder of innocent civilians, ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese & Muslims from the North & East, conscription of child soldiers, suicide bombing on political opponents and security personnel, violating the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA)

Over 1500 patriots attended the demonstration. 

Green Party leader Senator Bob Brown discussed the issues with the demonstrators. The protesters appreciated the presence of Senator Bob Brown, the Leader of the Australian Greens Party.

ederal MP, Hon Alan Griffin - Member for Bruce, Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs; Shadow Special Minister of State at the rally.

Federal MP, Hon Alan Griffin - Member for Bruce, Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs; Shadow Special Minister of State addressed the rally. The crowed cheered wildly when Hon Alan Griffin condemned the ongoing use of child soldiers by the LTTE and the need to put an immediate stop to it. He went on to say that what Sri Lanka needed was peace and an immediate stop to the killings, to set a conducive environment for dialogue between the Government and the LTTE.

The protesters appreciated the presence of Hon Anna Burke (Member for Chisholm).

 

 

The rally intended to convince the Australian Government and its people the need to proscribe the Terrorist outfit under the Criminal Code Act 1995; (1) To stop fundraising by its front organizations, (2) To combat terrorist activities and hence to ensure the safety of its citizens, and (3) To support the Australian government stand against international terrorism.

The protesters appreciated the presence of Labour Party members Hon Alan Griffin (Member for Bruce) and Hon Anna Burke (Member for Chisholm).

 

Protestors met with Ms Gemma Haan, the Senior Advisor to the Attorney General and handed over the petition with 2328 signatures seeking the banning of the LTTE under the Criminal Code Act 1995. 

Protest in front of the Japanese Embassy, Canberra. The organising committee had also set up a mini demonstration consisting of 100 people in front of the Japanese and the Norwegian embassies. The protesters also handed over a letter to the Japanese Embassy condemning the LTTE friendly stance recently taken by Yashushi Akashi explaining that he brings nothing but shame to the Japanese Government and its people.  

Protest in front of the Japanese Embassy, Canberra

 

 

 

The demonstrators pointed out the following:

(1) The LTTE is already banned as an international terrorist group in many countries including the US, UK, Canada, India, Malaysia and all the
countries of the EU.

(2) The so called peace facilitators, Norway had been beseeching the EU not to ban the LTTE, arguing that such a ban would pull the Tamil Tigers away from the “Peace process” and the “ceasefire”.

But in the light of over 3,000 calculated violations of the “ceasefire” by the LTTE including the assassination of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, deliberate massacres of civilians and the suicide bombing of the island’s army headquarters, the EU decided to ban the Tamil Tigers a few weeks ago.

However, in Australia, the Tamil Tigers are gazetted as a terrorist organization only under Australia’s obligations to the UN Charter. They
have still not been included in the list of terrorist organizations banned under the Australian Criminal Code. This has allowed the LTTE to
continue unabated their operations such as fund raising through their fronts which pose as charities and through the extortion of Tamil
expatriates. Terrorism experts have pointed out that the LTTE is siphoning millions of dollars every year from Australia.

(3) There are 19 groups listed as terrorist organizations by Australia under the Criminal Code, 1995. All of them are either Islamic or Middle
Eastern, giving rise to accusations that Australia’s war on terrorism is limited only to Islamic groups.

 

The protesters appreciated the presence of Senator Bob Brown, the Leader of the Australian Greens Party, Labour Party members Hon Alan Griffin (Member for Bruce) and Hon Anna Burke (Member for Chisholm). The crowed cheered wildly when Hon Alan Griffin condemned the ongoing use of child soldiers by the LTTE and the need to put an immediate stop to it. He went on to say that what Sri Lanka needed was peace and an immediate stop to the killings, to set a conducive environment for dialogue between the Government and the LTTE. Some of the organisers had the opportunity to brief Liberal Party member Hon Malcolm Turnbull, the Secretary for Water advising the Prime Minister, of the LTTE killings and the situation currently prevailing in Sri Lanka.

 

Protesters met with Ms Gemma Haan, the Senior Advisor to the Attorney General and handed over the petition with 2300 signatures seeking the banning of the LTTE under the Criminal Code Act 1995 and Hon Don Randall, Member for Canning and thanked him on behalf of the protesters and the Sri Lankan community in general for hard hitting anti LTTE – pro democracy speeches given in the parliament over the last month. Hon Randall, the Chairman of the Australia-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group had sought to educate the members in the Australian Parliament about the murderous conduct of the LTTE and alerted the Parliament to the dangers of the LTTE to the Australian community at large when he sought its ban under the Criminal Code Act 1995. The crowed gave three cheers to Hon Don Randall for adopting an uncompromising stance against the LTTE.

 

The organising committee had also set up a mini demonstration consisting of 100 people in front of the Japanese and the Norwegian embassies. The protesters also handed over a letter to the Japanese Embassy condemning the LTTE friendly stance recently taken by Yashushi Akashi explaining that he brings nothing but shame to the Japanese Government and its people.  

 

Dr Jayasuriya (President of SPUR Vic), Mr Jayantha Meemanage, Mr P.T. Perera, Dr Wanigaratna, Ms Nimna Rupasinha and many others passionately addressed the gathered crowds condemning LTTE terrorism.  

 

(Organised by several community organisations in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Woolongong etc)  

 

Read Media Release issued by SPUR on 24 June 2006


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