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In Pictures: "If it is made in Sri Lanka put it down"

Several Tamil activist groups around the globe are conducting “Boycott Sri Lanka” campaigns, aimed at divestment in Sri Lanka, particularly by the garment industry.

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"If it is made in Sri Lanka put it down", is the rally cry of “The Boycott Sri Lanka” campaigns held across several states in the United States, on Nov 28, 2009.

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The organizers say that the boycott campaigns are essential as the "Government of Sri Lanka continues to defy calls for complete humanitarian access to the internment camps and human rights violations continue amidst several false promises to hoodwink the world."

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“Companies that do business with Sri Lanka are filling the government coffers to continue their mass violations against the Tamils people, freedom of press and free movement of humanitarian workers,” an attendee from the United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) said.

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"If it is made in Sri Lanka put it down", is the rally cry of “The Boycott Sri Lanka” campaigns held across several states in the United States, on Nov 28, 2009.

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“The check the labels and put it down is a powerful concept because it gives the consumer a choice.” said another attendee at the protest.

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Nov 27th - "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving day is the traditional holiday shopping kick off day in the United States.

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Nov 28th is one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season in the United States.

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The Victoria Secret store management expressed "disappointment", as this day, one of the busiest shopping days of the season, was chosen by the campaigners, according to one attendee.

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In New York City’s Herald Square, streets were packed with shoppers with no elbow room on the sidewalks at times, according to one attendee at the protest.

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A statement by the activists say boycott campaigns were held near several Victoria Secret and GAP stores in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia and New York on Nov 28th.

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Sri Lanka is home to one of biggest supplier for Limited Brands, the Ohio company that owns America's most popular intimate-apparel brand lingerie, according to The Fortune magazine.

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