Update - a video of part of my speech to the Tamil Solidarity Day has been posted here: http://youtu.be/RLUqTz6-Aa8
This Saturday, June 8, gave me an opportunity to show that solidarity on an international basis - in support of the struggles in Turkey and of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. The day started, however, with a Lewisham NUT stall in Catford.
|'Michael Gove' on our NUT stall !|
There was plenty of support and lots of discussion, particularly about the growing lack of school places in Lewisham and elsewhere across London. Our petition - "Time to Stand Up for Education" had a column to record your support as 'parent/student/teacher'. We got all of those to sign - plus 'grandparent' and 'teaching assistant' too!
I was then able to join the crowds gathered by the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square demonstrating in support of the ongoing protests in Turkey against the actions of the Turkish Government. Following the discussion at the NUT National Executive, I am grateful that a link to a Labour Start campaign email that I forwarded to the NUT General Secretary has been circulated to all NUT Associations.
|In Trafalgar Square, Saturday June 8|
|Speaking in Trafalgar Square last Sunday|
My day finished at a 'Tamil Solidarity' Day held in SOAS, near King's Cross, called jointly by the Tamil Solidarity (TS) campaign and the British Tamils Forum (BTF). Both organisations have been campaigning vigorously to expose the genocidal campaign against Tamils by the Rajapaksa regime, during and following the civil war that ended in 2009.
|Tamil Solidarity Day, June 8 in London|
The particular focus of the campaign over the next few months is to highlight the disgraceful decision to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in November 2013 - an insult to the memory of the tens of thousands of Tamils who died, disappeared, or who were imprisoned at the end of the civil war.
To find out more, visit the Tamil Solidarity website on: http://www.tamilsolidarity.org/