Toronto's Tamil community holds 12-hour rally
As the situation in Sri Lanka worsens, the Tamil community in Toronto, Canada held an overnight rally from 10 p.m. Saturday night to 10 a.m. Sunday morning, demanding that politicians step up and intervene in the civil war raging on the south Asian island.
Hundreds turned out to protest the inaction of world government's. Many called on the United Nations to take the lead.
Approximately 200,000 Tamils live in and around Toronto, making the community one of the largest in the world outside Sri Lanka.
Toronto's Tamil community ended a week of protests with an overnight demonstration at Yonge-Dundas Square in an effort to raise awareness about Sri Lanka's deadly civil war.
Hundreds of people spent 12 hours chanting and waving signs aimed at getting the attention of the Canadian government. The protest began at 10 p.m. Saturday and lasted until about 10 a.m. Sunday.
"I'm begging the politicians to take the leadership role and take the story to the United Nations and demand action in Sri Lanka," one man at the protest told CTV Toronto.
The Greater Toronto Area is home to one of the largest Tamil communities outside Sri Lanka. About 200,000 Tamils live in and around the city.
The civil war has been ravaging the Sri Lanka's tiny island since 1983. Tamils, who are mostly situated in the north part of the country, are fighting for their independence. Their cause is championed by the militant group, the Tamil Tigers.