Toronto

Military defeat over rebel stronghold won't quell violence: Tamil protesters

Tamil-Canadians gathered outside the U.S. consulate in Toronto on Saturday night, pondering news that Sri Lanka's president has declared victory over Tamil rebels.

Tamil-Canadians gathered outside the U.S. consulate in Toronto on Saturday night, pondering news that Sri Lanka's president has declared victory over Tamil rebels.

But some Tamils, who also protested at the consulate the previous night, doubt the declaration will actually stop the ongoing violence.

"As long as the aspirations of the Tamil people are not met, the war is going to continue in other forms," one man told CBC News. "Our only solution is …a separate homeland."

Added another woman, "It is not a positive message. By trying to end their war, they're just taking over villages back home by killing innocent people."

For weeks, thousands of Tamil protesters have staged demonstrations that shut down Toronto streets and highways in an effort to draw government attention to the war.

"We've been saying the truth," said another man. "The world, the international community, everyone, has to realize Sri Lanka is committing an ethnic cleansing. They are killing people."

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