OTTAWA — Several hundred peaceful Tamil-Canadian demonstrators stood their ground in front of Parliament Hill overnight and pledged to continue as fifth day of protests begins.

More than a thousand people gathered Friday and police have been told to expect thousands more demonstrators to arrive through the weekend.

Despite traffic tie-ups, police decided not to forcibly remove protesters from the roadway they have occupied since Tuesday afternoon.


Police did tear down the group’s tents after officers deemed them a safety hazard.

Protesters are demanding Ottawa intervene to stop hostilities between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a rebel group fighting for a separatist state.

Protesters chose not to vacate the area yesterday, even though Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon has said the government has asked for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

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