Demonstration for Sri Lanka, Market Square, Cambridge
At a demonstration in Cambridge Market Square on October 26th, Local Amnesty International (AI) members called for the UK government to increase international pressure on Sri Lanka to release detainees from these refugee-turned-detention camps. AIUK’s Sri Lanka expert, Yvonne Taylor attended the demonstration and addressed the crowd on the serious nature of the crisis and the suffering of the people trapped in the camps. She encouraged people to take part in Amnesty’s postcard campaign, directly asking the Sri Lankan government to unlock the camps. Richard Howitt, MEP for the East of England, also spoke in support of the Campaign and local MP David Howarth came along to sign the petition.
The displaced people in these camps remain desperate to leave. The conditions in the camps remain appalling. Amnesty International and the residents of Cambridge are asking that the Sri Lankan government unlock the camps. The request is simple. Let aid and journalists in and let the people out.
To sign the petition to the Sri Lankan government, please go to http://www.amnesty.org/en/how-you-can-help/share/widgets/sri-lanka
Thank you, to everyone who attended the demonstration.