Bern protestors demand Sri Lanka ceasefire

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

GENEVA, February 21, 2009 (AFP) – Nearly 1,000 demonstrators in the Swiss capital of Bern called Saturday for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka and for Switzerland to do more to secure it, the ATS agency reported. The rally in front of Bern’s federal palace came one day after at least 14,000 Tamils from Switzerland and other parts of Europe demonstrated in front of the United Nations’ European headquarters in Geneva.

Protestors there also called for an end to the Sri Lankan offensive on Tamil Tiger separatists.

Fighting between the two sides has sparked international concern for the safety of tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the war zone, with the military closing in on the rebels.

Tens of thousands of people have died since the Tigers launched a campaign in 1972 to carve out a Tamil homeland.