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Sri Lankan police orders Ilavalai villagers to cancel May 18 remembrance event

Police officers in Ilavalai, Jaffna warned locals against holding any remembrance events commemorating the those who were killed in the last stages of the armed conflict. 

Civil society groups and locals had planned to hold a remembrance event on May 18, at 5.30pm. 

Ordering the event to be cancelled, the Ilavalai police station's head officer warned, "if you hold any event on May 18 it will be considered as a commemoration of the LTTE therefore we will not allow this event to happen."