Terence Bunch

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Mr Parameswaran Subramaniyan reaches day 18 of his hunger strike outside the British Parliament building. Parliament Square, London. 24th April 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Tamil Hunger Strike Day 18. Parliament Square, London. 24th April 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-04-24 00:00:00

As the people of the United Kingdom reel from the news that the British Labour government have lost functional control of the British wartime economy, Mr Parameswaran Subramaniyan reaches day 18 of his hunger strike outside the Parliament building.

The Tamil people in Sri Lanka continue to suffer horrendous casualties at the hands of the Sri Lankan military with UN estimates now claiming that almost 6, 500 people are now dead.

The figure is expected to be revised upwards as independent observers are not present to verify the figure.

As the claim is made, the Indian government place further pressure on the Sri Lankans to end the proscriptive operation.

The operation was brought into play in February 2009 by the British ambassador to the UN, Sir John Sawyers.

Parliament Square, London. 24th April 2009.

A Tamil man holds up a placard calling for independent media to witness the massacres being inflicted on the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan government military.

A Tamil man holds up a placard calling for independent media to witness the massacres being inflicted on the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan government military.

A young Tamil child is held by her mother as they wait for an answer from the British government. The Tamils have asked for the British government to intervene in the conflict.

A young Tamil child is held by her mother as they wait for an answer from the British government. The Tamils have asked for the British government to intervene in the conflict.

The Sri Lankan governments operation to eradicate the Tamil Tigers follows a template model enacted around the world as a result of the War on Terror currently being fought by the US and UK governments in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is now responsible for widespread loss of life.

The Sri Lankan governments operation to eradicate the Tamil Tigers follows a template model enacted around the world as a result of the War on Terror currently being fought by the US and UK governments in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is now responsible for widespread loss of life.

Tamil children have been involved in the proscription conflict from the start and illustrate that this kind of campaign is generally tactically indiscriminate.

Tamil children have been involved in the proscription conflict from the start and illustrate that this kind of campaign is generally tactically indiscriminate.

A grandmother waits in Parliament Square patiently for signs of life within the mother of Parliaments.

A grandmother waits in Parliament Square patiently for signs of life within the mother of Parliaments.

A younger Tamil woman shouts up at Parliament.

A younger Tamil woman shouts up at Parliament.

Another middle aged Tamil woman waits with others for an answer from MPs.

Another middle aged Tamil woman waits with others for an answer from MPs.

As the hunger strike enters the middle of the third week, a poster depicts a Tamil man who has already succummed to starvation on the island of Ceylon.

As the hunger strike enters the middle of the third week, a poster depicts a Tamil man who has already succummed to starvation on the island of Ceylon.