On Protests

On my way from work last Monday, there were a small group of Tamils protesting the Sri Lankan government in front of the US Consulate on Georgia Street. The drumming reminded me of West African talking drums.

There have been quite a few of these protests all over the world in the past couple of months. In Toronto, where the largest population of Tamils live outside of Sri Lanka they literally stopped traffic for hours.

The Tamil issue is tricky since support for Tamils in Sri Lankan somehow automatically means support for the Tigers. Someone (I think it was M.I.A.) said it best when they said we need to learn that there are “Tamil civilians” too.

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