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Candlelight Vigil In Protest At Killings

Candlelight Vigil In Protest At Killings

On 8th of November 2006 a refugee camp in Kathiraveli, in the eastern Sri Lankan district of Batticaloa, was fired upon by the Sri Lankan Army. The prolonged attack involved multi-barrel rockets and artillery shelling.

Of the five thousand internally displaced persons who had been residing in the area, over 45 have been killed and over 60 wounded. A number of babies were among those who have been killed. It was reported that panicked refugees attempted to block officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross from leaving the area, as they feared further artillery attacks.

Two days later, Nadarajah Raviraj, Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian, was shot dead in Colombo. The shooting took place near the MPs' residence when unknown gunmen riding a motorbike shot at him while he was preparing to drive his car. His bodyguard also died in the attack.

The Tamil community in New Zealand are outraged by this and want the international community's support in stopping such killings

Tamil Community will be holding candle light vigil in protest. Flyer Attached.

Friday, 17 November 2006
In front of Aotea Square

The vigil will start at 7:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM.

Please come to the vigil and show your support.

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