Tamil Canadians in Ottawa, "protest part of the landscape"
Tamils Canadians take their plea to the Canadian Government; Continuous protests and hunger-strike are in Ottawa over 10 days now.
Their main requests includes for the Canadian government to pressure Sri Lanka for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, and to pressure Sri Lanka for a long-term solution for Tamils.
Many originators of R2P doctrine feel that Sri Lanka is a perfect scenario to invoke R2P. The R2P (Responsibility to Protect) is a Canadian initiative, however it was a Liberal party influenced doctrine. The current Conservative government is staying away from any Liberal influenced agenda.
In Ottawa, protest part of the landscape - Urban Compass by Steve Collins
A week and a half later, we’ve heard more about the dirty 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka that has killed more than 70,000, but many of us still can’t look past our own inconvenience. Why, some ask, didn’t police start making arrests as soon as the demonstrations began blocking traffic early last week?
But two years ago, when it was Canadian farmers jamming the city core with a convoy of tractors, I recall no similar demands for a crackdown. Civil disobedience, within the bounds of public safety, is fair ball.
The Sri Lankan High Commission has made much of tiger flags displayed by the protesters, which are associated both with both Tamil nationalism and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the latter banned in Canada as a terrorist organization. The Harper government, while affirming the demonstrators’ right to freedom of expression, has also used the flags as an excuse to avoid a meeting.
The protesters on Wednesday, some arriving in minivans full of kids and grannies, struck me as unlikely terrorists.