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From January to June 2009 the UK Tamil population headed into the streets of London for some of the largest and most powerful protests seen in many years. Over the months the protests massed from 125,000 to 250,000. Regular peaceful road blockades around the Houses of Parliament shut down major sections of London’s infrastructure.
Sri Lanka did eventually come under international scrutiny, after being accused of using chemical weapons and cluster bombs, bombing safety zones, hospitals and indiscriminately killing tens of thousands in the final six month assault against the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were listed on the international prescribed terrorist list.
The ruling Sri Lankan government stood accused of genocide, concentration camps and using the tsunami aid money for weapons, as well as multimillion dollar deals in oil and gas exploration off the north-west coast of Tamil-controlled areas in Sri Lanka.
The flag is listed as a symbol of the Tamil Tigers, a prescribed terrorist organisation in the UK. But the real flag was white, not red, as is the national Tamil flag.
But when the UK was caught selling weapons to Sri Lanka to the sum of £13.9 million and British Gas already owned the seismic survey information on one of the potential oil and gas blocks, it comes as no surprise that the UK government, bar a few individual politicians, failed to act on what will go down in history as one of the worst genocides of the 21st century.
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