Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

The Tamil hunger striker, Mr Parameswaran Subramaniyan, has now been without food for 14 days and is now receiving constant medical care from doctors and paramedics. He has vowed to continue to the end. Parliament Square, London. 20th April 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Tamil Hunger Strike Day 14 Blockading Parliament. London. 20th April 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-04-20 00:00:00

As the Tamil Hunger Strike reaches day 14 and over 1,100 Tamils are massacred in a single day in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan military, thousands of Tamils gather in London to step up the pressure on the British government by blockading the British Parliament building as MPs return from their Easter break.

The operation in Sri Lanka has now caused horrendous loss of life and has now led to an exodus movement of civilians toward the west of the country and away from fighting.

However, many Tamil civilians remain in peril as they are unable to escape.,/p>

In London, Mr Subramaniyan continues with his hunger strike and has now been without food for 14 days.

He has vowed to continue until either the massacre in Sri Lanka stops or he is dead.

Parliament Square, London. 20h April 2009.

A British Tamil child holds an image of another Tamil child that has been killed by the Sri Lankan military.

A British Tamil child holds an image of another Tamil child that has been killed by the Sri Lankan military.

The Tamil Tigers and proscription. An instrument the Sri Lankan military government has exploited to catastrophic effect.

The Tamil Tigers and proscription. An instrument the Sri Lankan military government has exploited to catastrophic effect.

A large banner is held up in reference to the historical relationship that the British people have with Sri Lanka and the Tamil people including the Tamil diaspora.

A large banner is held up in reference to the historical relationship that the British people have with Sri Lanka and the Tamil people including the Tamil diaspora.

Young Tamils blockade the road outside the British Parliament building on the day MPs return from the Easter break.

Young Tamils blockade the road outside the British Parliament building on the day MPs return from the Easter break.

Parliamentary workers and staff enter Parliament through the protest and walk past police officers who have largely been caught by surprise by the appearance of the Tamils.

Parliamentary workers and staff enter Parliament through the protest and walk past police officers who have largely been caught by surprise by the appearance of the Tamils.

Later in the day, police officers attempt to move the Tamils on. The officers fail, primarily because there are a large number of women and young children in attendance. The police operation is reserved and cautious as a result of ongoing problems it has been experiencing since the G20 debacle.

Later in the day, police officers attempt to move the Tamils on. The officers fail, primarily because there are a large number of women and young children in attendance. The police operation is reserved and cautious as a result of ongoing problems it has been experiencing since the G20 debacle.

A British Union flag is waived outside Parliament during the blockade

A British Union flag is waived outside Parliament during the blockade

The Tamil protest will continue until the British government act. So far the Labour governments reaction to the protests has been miserably inadequate.

The Tamil protest will continue until the British government act. So far the Labour governments reaction to the protests has been miserably inadequate.