Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

A woman wears a bandage on her arm to represent the humanitarian disaster deliberately enforced on the Tamil people by the British Government, the International Community and the Sri Lankan Government. Parliament Square, London. 21st May 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Tim Martin Tamil Hunger Strike Day 4. Parliament Square, London. 21st May 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-05-21 00:00:00

On the day US President Barack Obama signals for the enlisting of the power of fundamental values, Tamils continue to demand the British Government take action to help the Tamil people of Sri Lanka as they fall into unsupported statelessness.

The Tamils have been demonstrating for almost two months and have demanded the British Government act to prevent the massacres taking place on the island.

Despite this, the British Government have failed to act in any meaningful way. As a result there has been widespread loss of life, undermining the British Government, and the International Communities humanitarian legitimacy.

The protest is joined by Mr Tim Martin, a former British aid worker who lived in the North of Sri Lanka and who is now on day 4 of his hunger strike.

Parliament Square, London. 21st May 2009.

Tamils gather in Parliament square on Wednesday 20th to continue their call on the British Government to act.

Tamils gather in Parliament square on Wednesday 20th to continue their call on the British Government to act.

A Tamil man wears the National flag of Tamil Eelam on his shoulders. The flag is the National flag of the Tamil people and not, as many police officers seem to think, the flag of the Tamil Tigers or LTTE.

A Tamil man wears the National flag of Tamil Eelam on his shoulders. The flag is the National flag of the Tamil people and not, as many police officers seem to think, the flag of the Tamil Tigers or LTTE.

Two men wear tee-shirts with the image of the leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabharakan. Mr Prabharakans body has been paraded on Sri Lankan television after Sri Lankan Government forces claim to have killed him.

Two men wear tee-shirts with the image of the leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabharakan. Mr Prabharakans body has been paraded on Sri Lankan television after Sri Lankan Government forces claim to have killed him.

Former Aid worker and presently Director of ACT NOW, Tim Martin lays down in a tent after starting a hunger strike to support the Tamils during their fruitless attempts to have the British Government engage with them.

Former Aid worker and presently Director of ACT NOW, Tim Martin lays down in a tent after starting a hunger strike to support the Tamils during their fruitless attempts to have the British Government engage with them.

Demand 4. The Tamils are now demanding that an investigation into the conduct of the International Community take place after it emerges that the UN special envoy to the Secretary General is connected directly to the Sri Lankan Government.

Demand 4. The Tamils are now demanding that an investigation into the conduct of the International Community take place after it emerges that the UN special envoy to the Secretary General is connected directly to the Sri Lankan Government.

A Tamil man is led away by a Metropolitan police officer after being arrested for waiving a flag in Parliament Square. The officer carries out the arrest unlawfully as the flag the man has been waiving is not proscribed under any UK Terrorism act. The police are consistently unable to display any kind of competence during the upholding of the law with regards to this item.

A Tamil man is led away by a Metropolitan police officer after being arrested for waiving a flag in Parliament Square. The officer carries out the arrest unlawfully as the flag the man has been waiving is not proscribed under any UK Terrorism act. The police are consistently unable to display any kind of competence during the upholding of the law with regards to this item.

Maria Gallastegui, long-time peace campaigner and member of the Parliament Square Peace Campaign shows a Section 44 stop and search notice. She receives the notice after herself being in possession of a lawful item. The officer who issued the ticket is unable even to spell the word Tamil correctly (Temal).

Maria Gallastegui, long-time peace campaigner and member of the Parliament Square Peace Campaign shows a Section 44 stop and search notice. She receives the notice after herself being in possession of a lawful item. The officer who issued the ticket is unable even to spell the word Tamil correctly (Temal).

The now stateless National flag of Tamil Eelam flies in Parliament Square in front of the Union flag of the State of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The now stateless National flag of Tamil Eelam flies in Parliament Square in front of the Union flag of the State of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.