Thousands of Tamils rally at White House


Thousands of members of the Tamil diaspora rallied Friday outside the White House to demand US pressure on the Sri Lankan government as it pursues a major offensive against Tiger rebels. The rally was met by a smaller counter-demonstration, mostly by members of Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese community, who called for the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to end their trademark suicide attacks. The protests came just as the LTTE carried out a kamikaze-style air attack on Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, bombing the main tax building and killing two people.

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