Issue #1448 24 March 2010
Democracy for Sri Lanka
Members of the Sri Lankan community, trade unionists and other activists gathered in Sydney’s Town Hall on March 19 for a candlelight vigil to demand the restoration of democracy in Sri Lanka.
Speakers condemned the repression and denial of human rights in Sri Lanka and government harassment of political opponents and the independent media.
They made four specific demands:
- Immediately release all political prisoners
- Immediately release Presidential candidate General Sarth Fonseka
- Hands off the media
- Hold free and fair elections
Jagath Bandara from the Campaign for Democracy in Sri Lanka read a pledge which said in part:
“We all, from here onwards, pledge … to work together by means of every peaceful forms, until we achieve the objective of establishing democracy, equality and social justice in every corner of our beloved Sri Lankan soil.”
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