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Tamils mourn 7 years after 2009

Updated 22 May 2016 11:00 GMT

 NPC Councillor T Ravikaran pays his respects at the Nandikadal Lagoon

Marking the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils at the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka in May 2009, Tamils across the world and in all districts of the Tamil homeland in the North-East are coming together in commemoration.

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May 18 memorial at Jaffna University



Remembrance events are taking place across the North-East amid surveillance by Sri Lankan intelligence and police officers and warnings by government officials not to commemorate the LTTE

At Mullivaikkal this morning

Local sources told the Tamil Guardian that there was an increased military presence in many areas of the North-East, including at Jaffna University on the A35 towards Mullaithivu.


 

Related articles:

Enduring resistance - Editorial (18 May 2016)

‘May 18 2009 – an unforgettable day in Tamil history’ (17 May 2016)

Perpetrators of crimes still enjoy ‘total freedom’ lament Tamil students (17 May 2016)

May 18 to be marked as 'Reminiscence of Reconciliation' in Colombo (17 May 2016)

Arrests, militarisation and land encroachment on the rise says Tamil Civil Society Forum (16 May 2016)

Mullivaikkal remembrance week marked in Neduntivu and Point Pedro (15 May 2016)

 
North-East
 
    May 18 commemorations commence in the Tamil homeland
(18 May 2016)
    Remembrance event held at Mullivaikkal (18 May 2016)
    ‘Everyone must join the fight for justice’ – C V Wigneswaran (18 May 2016)
    Hundreds gather at Jaffna University for May 18 remembrance (18 May 2016)
    Candles lit in Mannar for Mullivaikkal dead (18 May 2016)
    Vaaharai Tamils commemorate May 18 amid military surveillance (18 May 2016)
    Special prayers said at Keerimalai for Mullivaikkal dead (18 May 2016)
    Eastern Uni remembers Mullivaikkal genocide (18 May 2016)
    TNPF lights flames in remembrance at Mullivaikkal (18 May 2016)
  Monument remembers victims in Mullivaikkal (18 May 2016)
  Eastern ministers remember May 18 (18 May 2016)
May 18 remembered in Trinco (18 May 2016)
    Military intelligence forcefully enters Uthayan remembrance event (18 May 2016)


Politicians across the world also released statements of solidarity this week, as memorial events took place across the globe.

  

 
United Kingdom
 
    British MPs reiterate need for credible justice at Mullivaikal genocide remembrance event (18 May 2016)
    Tamils suffered genocide in Sri Lanka says British MP at parliamentary Mullivaikkal remembrance event (11 May 2016)
     
     
Canada    
    Accountability in Sri Lanka must engage international judges - Canadian PM (18 May 2016)
    Parliamentarian calls on Canada to refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (19 May 2016)
     
     
Australia
‘We cannot fail Tamils again’ - Australian Senator (17 May 2016)
     
 
India    
  Chennai students remember Mullivaikkal massacre (18 May 2016)

 

 

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