Tamil Hunger Strike ends in UK on 24th day after strong promises
Updated: May 2, 2009
Parameswaran Subramanyam has ended his hunger strike on his 24th day and was taken to hospital immediately.
He has decided to end the strike after a firm word from the UK government to end the war in Sri Lanka and to bring ceasefire to Sri Lanka.
Parameswaran Subramanyam, 28, ended his fast shortly after midday, minutes before David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, addressed MPs in the Commons. Mr Miliband returned from Sri Lanka earlier today, where his calls for ceasefire and humanitarian access were rejected by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Subramanyam had not eaten since April 7 in protest at the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka. He had also refused liquids for days at a time. Doctors gave warning that his kidneys could fail at any moment if he continued. Five members of his family were killed in bombing shortly before he began his fast and he had repeatedly vowed to fast until ceasefire or death. Today he was finally persuaded to end the fast by friends and politicians including Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP.
Parameswaran Subramanyam, 28, ended his fast shortly after midday, minutes before David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, addressed MPs in the Commons. Mr Miliband returned from Sri Lanka earlier today, where his calls for ceasefire and humanitarian access were rejected by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Mr Subramanyam had not eaten since April 7 in protest at the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka. He had also refused liquids for days at a time. Doctors gave warning that his kidneys could fail at any moment if he continued.
Five members of his family were killed in bombing shortly before he began his fast and he had repeatedly vowed to fast until ceasefire or death. Today he was finally persuaded to end the fast by friends and politicians including Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP.
Updated: April 26, 2009
Tamil hunger striker 'could die in a week' Oliver Shah, Sunday 26 April 2009
A Tamil student on hunger strike outside Parliament Square may have only a week to live, the doctor looking after him warned yesterday.
Prarameswaren Subramaniam, 28, has refused food for 20 days in protest at the Sri Lankan government's continuing military assault on Tamil separatists. Speaking from the makeshift camp opposite Westminster, Dr Sellappah Nallanathar, of St Peter's Hospital, Surrey, said that his vital organs would begin to fail if he maintained his fast for another week.
"It's going to be difficult," he added. "I'm asking him to take small sips of water and it's the water that is keeping him going. Even with the water this morning, we had to try a few times before he would take it. If he doesn't want to [take food] we can't force him. He's determined to carry on."
Updated: April 25, 2009
Parameswaran continues fast for the 18th day in London [TamilNet, Saturday, 25 April 2009, 09:56 GMT]
The fast unto death protest by Parameswaran Subramnaiyam observed to draw the attention of the International Community to the ongoing catastrophe in Sri Lanka, reached its 18th day Friday as the diaspora Tamils in Britain continue their protest demonstration in the Parliament Square in London for the 19th day, sources in London said. Many people from various nationalities visit and express their support and sympathy for the cause for which the Tamils are demonstrating, the sources added.
“I will continue to support you until your struggle wins,” one of the foreigners who keep visiting Parameswaran said in a gesture of solidarity.
The persons who visit Parameswaran consider his fast unto death as an act of noble sacrifice to alleviate the sufferings of the Tamils in Vanni being killed, maimed and injured in the relentless, inhuman war waged against them by the government of Sri Lanka, the sources added.
The International Committee against the Disappearance of Tamils is to launch a protest demonstration 25 Saturday April from 11:00 a.m to 12:00 noon in Trafalgar Square in London demanding justice for the Tamils who have gone missing in Sri Lanka.
Disaspora Tamils in their thousands are expected to join in the above demonstration.
Update April 19, 2009:
Diaspora youth hunger strike ignites mass struggle for Eezham [TamilNet, Sunday, 19 April 2009, 13:05 GMT]
The fast to death protest by Parameswaran Subramaniyan to draw attention of the International Community to the ongoing catastrophe in Sri Lanka, has reached the 13th day on Sunday. Thousands of Tamils of all ages and all walks of life have been pouring into the Parliament Square throughout the campaign, expressing their support to hunger strikers and their demands put forward to the British Government. The hunger strike launched by Parameswaran and Sivatharsan Sivakumaravel has become a key point of confluence drawing not only the first and second generation of Tamils in UK, but also attracting active participation of third generation of Tamils in the Eezham cause.
Two Tamils youth are on Hunger Strike in London - Refusing Food & Water for 72 hours - Kidneys about to fail.
Beginning at 10 PM (22.00 h) British Summer Time (BST) on Day One of the Protest, Monday 6 April 2009, two Tamil youth, Sivatharsan Sivakumaravel, 21 (on right in photo) and Parameswarn Subramaniyan, 28 (on left) ate their last meal and embarked on a “Hunger Strike ʻtil our Last Breath”.
Parameswarn Subramaniyan stated that, "Two days ago the Sri Lankan government was bombing with poison gas, chemical gas. In that bomb, nearly my whole family - five members of my family - is dead.” In an interview with the Evening Standard (UK) he stated, “My mother, brother and sisters were killed two days ago in Vanni by the Sri Lankans, using poison gas. They say they are attacking the LTTE [the Tamil Tigers] but there have been pictures of these dead babies in the papers.”
The the latest attack on Tamils civilians are carried out by the Sri Lankan Army alongside with the Indian Army, Wanni sources said. The current power of stopping the war on Tamils, many confirm, actually lies in the hands of the current congress government in India. Many higher Indian Officials and Army officials are in Sri Lanka'a capital Colombo to discuss the latest war. More than 250 Indian Army have died on the war zone and their bodies were sent to Pune and Chennai in complete coverup, sources added.
The latest attacks, including chemical weapons, on Tamils civilians deems to be violating human rights and war ethics. It is expected that the coming few days will produce Tamils civilians casualties in thousands as the Tamils civilians are trapped in a small piece of "safety zone".
The ʻhunger strikersʼ distributed the following document articulating their demands:
Sri Lanka Crisis:
Action Plan Needed Immediately:
1. Immediate and permanent ceasefire
2. Food and medical aid should be allowed to reach the civilians immediately with international monitoring committees and allow Mercy Mission to Vanni
3. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, arrange to meet our representatives.
4. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are our sole representatives and UK government should lift the ban on LTTE.
5. UN should call for an immediate referendum to the Tamils regarding whether they want separate nation or to remain as Sri Lanka
Otherwise there will be Hunger strike till we breathe our last breath
Mr Sivakumaravel, whose grandmother and cousins are in Sri Lanka, had not been able to make any contact with them. "I don't know what’s happened to them," he said. "Suddenly the Sri Lankan government is killing all Tamil people in what they call the 'safe zone'. They started using banned bombs and chemical weapons.
"There is a genocide happening there, Britain knows it well. This is not against terrorism; it is a war against Tamil people. They are killing all Tamil people."
The Tamil demonstrators were demanding an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka where the government has forced Tamil Tiger rebels into one final stronghold on the island. The United Nations said that around 100,000 civilians were trapped in the warzone and at risk of harm.
Protesters in Westminster claimed the army was attempting a genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka but the Sri Lankan government insists that it can no longer respect the partial ceasefire if it is to extinguish the threat of a terrorist organisation.
David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, said: “Recent reports suggesting that the Sri Lankan military have now captured all the territory outside the so-called ’no-fire zone’ and that fighting is now going on inside the zone, where the civilian population is concentrated, are deeply worrying.”
Update: April 11, 2009 - Sri Lanka Stop the War: Youth Hunger Strike in the UK
Both men agreed to start drinking water after UK MP Simon Hughes promises to bring efforts to stop the war in Sri Lanka.
Both men agreed to start drinking water after Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes said he would try to arrange for a delegation of protesters to visit the UN, Washington and Brussels with Des Browne, the government's special envoy to Sri Lanka, for talks.
Mr Hughes said Mr Sivakumaraval had agreed to accept some food on the condition that he could join Des Browne at the talks, and hoped to speak at a rally after the march.
The MP added that he was negotiating with police to let the protesters continue their occupation for another week.
Mr Hughes said: "Politicians from across the parties in the UK are willing to work with the community here to try to get political movement in the next few days.
"I'm grateful the two young men have agreed to take fluids now while negotiations continue.
"The evidence from Sri Lanka is that we're on the edge of more serious loss of life and real urgency is needed if we are to have a chance of avoiding more bloodshed and the loss of hundreds more lives."
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