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Jayasuriya controversy hits Canada Cricket

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Jayasuriya controversy hits Canada Cricket

Oct 13, 2008, 07:31 Digg this story!

By Bell Roger

Toronto - Tamils' protest hits the Toronto Cricket, second consecutive day on Sunday October 12. Hundreds of Canadian Tamils turned up again for an awareness protest Campaign against Sri Lankan cricket team at King City Cricket Ground in Toronto.

Sanath Jayasuriya, the Sri Lanka's highest Test run-scorer made a rudest gesture by sticking out his middle finger towards the Tamils while fielding at the edge of the field at the match between Canada and Sri Lanka. The crowds jeers back for his rudest gesture and it was captured by our TNS photographer.


Sanath Jayasuriya

The grandstands were empty on the third day of the tournament. Largely subdued few Sri Lankan supporters carried their flags as well. The Tamil protestors simply out numbered the spectators inside the stadium.

Protesters peacefully carried many placards along with Canadian flags explaining the current plights of Tamils, many rights abuses against them by Sri Lanka, the horrors Tamil citizens are facing from the state forces of Sri Lanka and the photos of the Tamil victims of daily land, sea and air attacks from the Sri Lankan forces.

Many protesters were seen wearing 'aprons' printed with Tamil Eelam map and writing that stated Free Tamil Eelam on one side along with placards 'Stop Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.' message.


Huge Tamil Protest

Yet again, with blue skies and temperatures reaching over 20 degrees, Tamils were seen standing out in the street of the King City cricket ground with placards peacefully handing out leaflets which clearly articulated the gruesome reality for Tamils in Sri Lanka.


Empty Stands

Canada, Tamils are visibly upsets over the serious plights of their brethrens where 230,000 internally displaced people including 30,000 children are being living with no or limited access to food, medicines, sanitary conditions and drinking water.


Tamil Canadians are hitting the streets of Toronto regularly to engage the Canadian public on the plights of Tamils as well as the needs for the free Tamil Home land for them as they were treated by the majority Singhalese as second - class citizens deprived them jobs, educations, land ownership for past sixty years, a participant at the protest rally told TNS reporter.





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