Terence Bunch

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A Tamil woman holds her hands with palms upturned inside the pen representing the concentration camp at Trinco. London. 20th June 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Tamil Save our People Genocide Protest March and Rally. London. 20th June 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-06-20 00:00:00

After the final assault finishes in Sri Lanka and 130,000 Tamil citizens are left dead, displaced, missing or detained by the Sinhalese in concentration camps, the British Tamil diaspora continue with their campaign to open the worlds eyes.

They gather at Hyde Park in London and march to Embankment.

At their head, is a graphic representation of the situation is it now stands, a detention pen symbolising a Sri Lankan concentration camp.

Behind the pen, tens of thousands of Tamils hold black flags to remember those who have died on the island.

They are joined by a rank of women carrying framed images of relatives that have been lost.

Among the flags are thousands of placards setting out the primary injustice suffered by the Tamils and questions left unanswered.

London. 20th June 2009.

Children wear bloodstained bandages while standing in the makeshift detention pen.

Children wear bloodstained bandages while standing in the makeshift detention pen.

Among the flags of the nation of Tamil Eelam, are black flags symbolising the thousands of dead. Among the flags, are placards asking thousands of questions.

Among the flags of the nation of Tamil Eelam, are black flags symbolising the thousands of dead. Among the flags, are placards asking thousands of questions.

One of which calls attention to the United Nations and its reluctance to operate according to its humanitarian charter, principles and founding.

One of which calls attention to the United Nations and its reluctance to operate according to its humanitarian charter, principles and founding.

Tamil women carry images of relatives that have been killed by Sri Lankan government forces.

Tamil women carry images of relatives that have been killed by Sri Lankan government forces.

A Tamil woman carries the image of her nephew along with a question regarding his killer.

A Tamil woman carries the image of her nephew along with a question regarding his killer.

The concentration camp passes outside the entrance to Downing Street. In February this year, British envoy to the UN, Sir John Sawyers, conceeded to the UN that the Tamil Tigers needed to be brought to an end, giving the go ahead for the final assault. He has now been appointed by the government as new Mi6 (Security and Intelligence Services) chief.

The concentration camp passes outside the entrance to Downing Street. In February this year, British envoy to the UN, Sir John Sawyers, conceeded to the UN that the Tamil Tigers needed to be brought to an end, giving the go ahead for the final assault. He has now been appointed by the government as new Mi6 (Security and Intelligence Services) chief.

The Tamils end their march peacefully at Embankment where they listen to speeches by British MPs and political leaders.

The Tamils end their march peacefully at Embankment where they listen to speeches by British MPs and political leaders.

They hold a moments silence to honour and remember their dead.

They hold a moments silence to honour and remember their dead.