One can only imagine the fear, frustration and utter helplessness felt by the Canadian Tamil community as warfare rages inside Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government is prohibiting most journalistic efforts to report on the violence. The folks in Canada wait on pins and needsles to see if their families are safe back home.
For the past few months, Canadian Tamils have been peacefully protesting, trying to draw attention to the violence and atrocities happening in their *old* country. Protesting and raising awareness for friends and family who don't have a global voice. Peaceful protests have accomplished little, no one has really been paying attention --- and at some point, the fear and frustration has led them to stepping up their actions. Despite the wickedness happening inside the Sri Lankan borders, the Tamils caught within that country at least have a voice outside the country, calling for help and assistance. Somalia didn't have that. Darfur didn't have that. Bosnia didn't have that. Global awareness is something we take for granted, and need to continue to foster.
Yes, closing a highway is a bit of an inconvenience - I'd much rather deal with finding an alternate route to Home Depot than have to deal with the utter helplessness of having my family attacked or killed and have no one listen.
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