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Tamil hunger strike called off in Australia

world Updated: Apr 18, 2009 16:23 IST

Tamil protesters, staging a hunger strike in front of the Australian prime minister's home against the ongoing military operation in Sri Lanka, called off their stir, saying the government has assured to look into their demands.

A hunger strike was called off after one man collapsed outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade building in Canberra before the discussion.

Theivigan Panchalingam said the group had ended the hunger strike after an "assuring meeting." "We feel that the Australian Government is making efforts to stop the situation in Sri Lanka ... But we will continue to campaign," he was quoted as saying by Canberra Times.

Mathivannan Sinnathurai had not eaten for six days and was protesting against human rights violations in Sri Lanka. Sinnathurai collapsed after taking part in a 3000-strong march demanding Australia take a greater role in efforts to end the violence in Sri Lanka.

The 27-year-old university student from Sydney was taken by ambulance to the Canberra Hospital in a serious condition suffering from exhaustion.

Sri Lanka's says it is in the final stages of defeating the Tamil Tiger rebels, who launched a campaign in 1972 to create a separate Tamil homeland on the Indian Ocean island.