Australian Tamils call off hunger strike


Tamil protesters who staged a seven-day hunger strike outside the Australian prime minister’s home have announced the end of their protest following assurances their demands had been heard. The five men called off their fast late Friday after a mass demonstration involving up to 8,000 people outside the foreign affairs department in Canberra, a spokeswoman for the protest movement said. Sam Pari said the men ended their hunger strike as a department representative “had been receptive to their calls and had assured them the Australian government would do what it could to pressure Sri Lanka.”

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