Stop Errorism! - Walk from Toronto to Ottawa

    TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - A group of Canadian youth, unassociated and
independent from any particular organization, embarked on Tuesday, May 22 on a
three week walk from Toronto to Ottawa to raise awareness for a campaign
titled "Stop Errorism!" The campaign was launched on May 22nd, 2007 at Nathan
Phillips Square, Toronto and is due to be completed on June 11th, 2007 in
Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
    Errorism is a term that we have derived from the word terrorism, and we
define it as a type of act which occurs when a majority community uses
stigmatized terms to bully a minority community for its own self interests.
    Our group consists of seven people from different sectors in life -
students, musicians, business owners, and graduates - who have left their
livelihood for the betterment of humanity. We have chosen this method of
campaigning so that we can effectively convey our message to each and every
citizen we interact with on our journey. Thus, we anticipate that this
grassroots level of empowerment will have positive implications at the federal
    As Canadians of Tamil descent, we are peace-loving people that contribute
greatly to the economy and the cultural fabric of Canada. Furthermore, we
believe strongly in the values of democracy that reflects the Canadian Charter
of Rights and Freedom and vow to uphold it throughout the world.
    We feel for our brethren in Tamil Eelam who continue to face genocide at
the hands of the Sri Lankan Government. Our brothers and sisters in Tamil
Eelam continue to face marginalization from the international community as a
result of bullying at the hands of the Sri Lankan state institutions that
centre on sending a message that Tamils are 'violent in nature.' By spending
millions of dollars on false propaganda, the Sri Lankan Government tries to
justify their course of action through their barbaric portrayal of Tamils.
    We would like to personally deliver a message directly to Prime Minister
Harper to convey the present fatal situation faced by the people of Tamil
Eelam. The government of Canada recently sided itself with an oppressive Sri
Lankan regime by banning the Tamil Eelam Government which has hampered the
peace negotiations headed by the Norwegian State. Since Canada is paramount in
diplomacy and peacekeeping, we would like to urge the Government of Canada to
create progressive dialogue with the Government of Tamil Eelam to further
resolve these issues.
    The recent abductions and murders of Tamil students in Sri Lanka and the
continued risk of life they face has enthralled us to leave our everyday lives
for a just cause. Throughout history, students have ignited social justice
movements which have defended to uphold the values of democracy. For example,
the student uprising in Tiananmen Square has inspired numerous student groups
through out the world. Although there have been cases where countries have
tried to halt student uprisings, we believe that in a democratic world,
countries like Canada and others will stand by our side in our proceedings.
    Our arrival on Parliament Hill will coincide with the international day
that celebrates "Students Uprising" in Tamil Eelam on June 11th, although
"Students Uprising Day" is officially observed on June 6th. The day is to
honor the many courageous endeavors and sacrifices that students have
contributed to the liberation of Tamil Eelam and continues to be a day of
public awareness that highlights the importance of students in the process of
    The exploitation of the terms "terrorism" and "terrorist" has been and
continues to be an imperative tactic employed by the Government of Sri Lanka
to undermine the rights of Tamils and to misguide the international community
in the aftermath of 9/11. We would like to educate the Canadian public that
the rights of Tamils in Tamil Eelam and their call for independence is
legitimate and based on legal grounds. We are Canadians and as Canadians we
cannot ignore the plea of Tamils for Tamil Eelam - at the end of the day
everyone wants to live in peace.

For further information:

For further information: Sarva Jeyapalan, Stop Errorism!, (416)
399-4424,; Myron Rajashivam, Stop Errorism!, (647)

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