Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

The protesters form a line stretching from Horseguards to Trafalgar Square along Whitehall. London. 5th March 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Tamil Tigers Sri Lanka Nationalist War Peace Protest. London. 5th March 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-03-05 00:00:00

Hundreds of Tamils gather in London to march in opposition to the ongoing conflict raging in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Tamil Tigers (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).

The Sri Lankan government have deployed its military against the tigers in an operation which the Tamils claim is designed to eradicate the group altogether.

The protesters call for an end to the fighting and demand that the Sri Lankan government allow aid agencies in to the region to assist the civilian population which is partly displaced into refugee camps.

The refugees claim they are being detained in the camps and are unable to leave.

In recent days the conflict has spread to Pakistan where gunmen attack the Sri Lankan cricket team leaving police officers dead in the streets.

London. 5th March 2009.

The protesters march through London and passed Downing Street.

The protesters march through London and passed Downing Street.

A man holds a banner reading WE NEED BREAD NOT BOMBS.

A man holds a banner reading WE NEED BREAD NOT BOMBS.

Hundreds hold up banners and placards in opposition to the war.

Hundreds hold up banners and placards in opposition to the war.

Three Tamil women hold up placards protesting the number of people killed so far in the conflict, which has been raging in one form or another for almost 26 years.

Three Tamil women hold up placards protesting the number of people killed so far in the conflict, which has been raging in one form or another for almost 26 years.

A man demands that aid agencies are allowed into Sri Lanka to distribute aid and render humanitarian assistance.

A man demands that aid agencies are allowed into Sri Lanka to distribute aid and render humanitarian assistance.

A Tamil holds up a placard honouring the leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

A Tamil holds up a placard honouring the leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

A woman holds up a placard reading STOP SRILANKAN GOVS BLOCKADE OF FOOD AND MEDICINE.

A woman holds up a placard reading STOP SRILANKAN GOVS BLOCKADE OF FOOD AND MEDICINE.

A man wears the word GENOCIDE around his neck.

A man wears the word GENOCIDE around his neck.