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Tamil communities across the world rally online

Latest update : 2009-04-13

In this edition: Tamil communities across the world rally online to denounce the conflict in Sri Lanka and, following protests that led to the ASEAN summit being cancelled, the web reacts to the state of emergency in Bangkok.

PRO-TAMIL PROTESTS
 

Several hundred thousand people demonstrated this weekend around the world to call for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka, where the army is attempting to crush the Tamil separatist rebellion. The blogosphere reacts.

 

Videos of these protest marches quickly inundated share sites in Germany and in Canada. But is was in London, as these images illustrate, that the mobilisation was the most impressive. Over 100,000 people gathered to denounce the Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCIDO-HKDGo

 
 

Apart from the protests, some people began hunger strikes to raise public awareness to the gravity of the situation in Sri Lanka. This woman explains her aims: for the army to stop assasinating thousands of Tamils and for the UN to intervene in the country.

 
 

These calls were echoed on social networking sites and on Facebook in particular, where numerous groups against the genocide in Sri Lanka or supporting the Tamil cause have appeared.

 
 
 

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?sid=0fbbb0b4b00ce5cd223e75ad0ade184f&gid=58138478427&ref=search

 

 

THAILAND: ASEAN SUMMIT CANCELLED
 

The ASEAN summit that was supposed to be held this weekend in Pattaya, Thailand, was cancelled in the wake of violent anti-government protests. The situation pushed the authorities to declare a state of emergency in Bangkok on Sunday, something greatly covered by the web.

 

Several videos of clashes and violent protests between the police and the ‘red shirt’ supporters of the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, rapidly appeared online.The aim was to obtain the resignation of Abhisit, the current head of Government. 10

 
 
 

As illustrated by this photomontage, many Thai people believe that Abhisit gained power thanks to parliamentary defections, orchestrated by the army, and are demanding that a new vote be organised.

 
 

But others now fear an escalation in violence following the cancellation of the summit. This blogger wonders what shape future action from the 'red shirts' could take.

 
 
 
 
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COLOMBIAN POLICE ON YOUTUBE
  

The Colombian police force now boasts its own Youtube channel on which it diffuses tens of videos concerning its working methods, prevention campains and testimonies from tourists and citizens, thanking the police for their effectiveness. It's a way for the country’s forces to appear more transparent and closer to the people.

 

 

Date created : 2009-04-13

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