‘War is the continuation of politics through other means.‘- Count Carl von Clausewitz
I’m not a political commentator, but like everyone, I am entitled to making a comment either through word or visual medium.
Yesterday saw a gathering of over a hundred thousand Tamils to protest against the plight of their fellow countrymen in Sri Lanka. Similar protests occurred globally among the Tamil Diaspora. The protest started off from Embankment and finally made its way down to Hyde Park Speakers corner.
The weather wasn’t going to dampen people’s resolve to draw to the world the plight of the Tamils in their Mother Country. The young, old, grannies, parents, students, activists: you name it were all came out in once voice to cry out about the situation.
To summerise what’s going on, the Tamils want their own Independent Land and control away from the ruling Sinhalese government, and thus the creation of the Tamil Tigers. However, the government will not stand for any form of secession, and there have been serious repercussions & casualties along the way, namely the civilians.
In recent months, it would seem that the Goverment has been more draconian in its methods to resolve the situation, and the Tamil Tigers are fighting and seem more desperate than ever. Once again it is the civillians who are caught in the crossfire.
Yesterday’s demonstration was needed. The impression I got was a genuine call for action to take place, irrespective of one’s political or social affiliation. Not everyone who attended the march is a Tamil Tiger sympathiser; there were a couple of Sinhalese people who came down to show their support. The protest was a global call to stop to stop the bloodshed on both sides.
I truly hope that the situation resolves peacefully because it has seriously gotten out of hand and we need to be humanitarians. If not, it might just end up a worse situation than Biafra.