Tamil Protesters Shut Down Toronto Highway

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 11, 2009 4:19 AM CDT
Thousands of Tamil Canadians protest in downtown Toronto in reaction to the escalating conflict in Sri Lanka.   (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joseph Wenkoff)
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(Newser) – Canadian Tamil demonstrators protesting fighting in Sri Lanka shut down a highway in Toronto for several hours, reports CNN. Some estimated the crowd at several thousands. As many as 70,000 people have been killed in Sri Lanka's civil war. Government troops are pressing a final assault on the rebel Tamil Tigers, creating massive evacuations and more deaths. There were no arrests in the Toronto protest that dispersed early today.