Canadian Tamil students stand in solidarity with Jaffna youth

Canadian University Tamil Students' Associations hold awareness campaigns on 4th December, about the arrest of Jaffna university students who took part in remembrance day events, to coincide with protest in Jaffna and across Europe.

Tamil youth in Norway protest against Jaffna Uni arrests

N orwegian Tamil youth held a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday with lights and banners, protesting against the arrest of students at the Jaffna University. Led by the Tamil Youth Organisation Bergen, the protesters condemned the Sri Lankan military's brutal attack on students in Jaffna. In a statement, TYO Bergen said, "most importantly this demonstration was held to show support to our fellow students and their right to freedom of speech and self-determination."

In solidarity with Jaffna uni students, British Tamils protest

Published 2038 GMT 04 Dec. Updated with more photos and videos 05 Dec 10:53 GMT. In act of solidarity, British Tamils protested on Tuesday, demanding the immediate release of the four Jaffna university students arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Department for defying the Sri Lankan security forces and marking Tamil remembrance day on the 27th November. Echoing Tamil youth in Jaffna, Tamil youth in the UK, from university Tamil societies across the country and the Tamil Youth Organisation UK, tied black clothing across their mouths, condemning the silencing of the freedom of speech of youth back home. Tamils across the generations joined the youth by 10 Downing Street, in London on a bitterly cold Winter's evening, to campaign for the release of the four students and for an end to the militarisation of the North-East. Carrying placards condemning the militarisation and on-going genocide, Tamils shouted, "stop attacking Tamil students", "self-determination, for the Tamil nation", "Sri Lankan Army, get out of Tamil Eelam" and "let us remember our heroes". Follow @TamilGuardian on Twitter for our live coverage of events.

Refugees in Tamil Nadu camp remember the Maaveerar

Photographs Pathivu Tamil refugees in the Pudhukottai refugee camp in Tamil Nadu marked Maaveerar Naal by lighting candles, playing Eelam songs, and paying their respects to the fallen. The father of the 2nd Lieutenant Ilanguyil A. Jeyasutha lighted the flame of sacrifice and saluted the memories of all those who'd given their lives to the struggle. Photographs Pathivu .

Maaveerar Naal marked in Saudi Arabia

Over a hundred Tamils gathered in Abha, Saudi Arabia to commemorate Maveerar Naal 2012 on Tuesday. Tamils travelled from several provinces to come together and paid their respects at the event. As the vast majority of Tamils in Saudi Arabia are migrant workers who have to return to Sri Lanka, pictures of individuals at the event were not publicised.

Canadian universities commemorate Maaveerar Naal

Students across eight different Canadian universities held events to commemorate Tamil Eelam’s Maaveerar over the last week, with Tamil Student Associations (TSAs) conducting campaigns and remembrance ceremonies at various campuses. Memorial events at numerous campuses over the last weeks saw students stage dances, dramas, sing songs and recite poems dedicated to those who gave their lives for the liberation of the Tamil homeland. Speaking after an moving commemoration at the University of Toronto Scarborough, UTSC TSA President Laxana Paskaran said, “UTSC TSA remembers the sacrifice of our...

Thousands of British Tamils remember the nation's Maaveerar

Updated 22 : 1 0 GMT Raising of the Tamil Eelam national flag by M r Thanam from TCC UK Lighting of the flame of sacrifice by p ar ents of Maaveerar Captain Raj. Tens of thousands of Tamils poured into the Excel centre today, to mark the Maaveerar Naal - the Eelam's national day of remembrance - and honour those who died for in the struggle for freedom. Decorated in the nation's colours of red and yellow, the venue had a replica Thuyilum Illam in front of the stage, with a wall of photographs of Maaveerar along either side. A trio of life size tombstones with a flame flying in the centre, was...

In Memoriam – Songs from the Purananuru - Song 192

Following the Tamil tradition of remembering with poetry and song, on Maaveerar Naal 2012, we bring you one of the most famous songs in Tamil literature – the ‘Karma poem’ from the Purananuru, the four hundred songs of war and wisdom. Song 192 of the Purananuru, The song of Kanniyan Poonkunran Tinai - Poruviyal (General Heroism), Turai – Porunmolikkanci "Every city is your city. Everyone is your kin failure and prosperity do not come to you because others have sent them! Nor do suffering and the end of suffering. There is nothing new in death. Thinking that living is sweet, we do not rejoice...

Italian Tamil youth honour the Maaveerar

Photographs courtesy of Giovanni Tamil In memory of the sacrifice of Tamil Eelam's Maaveerar, Italy's Tamil youth group, Giovanni Tamil, held a tree planting event on November 27th in colloboration with Reggio Emilia's City Council. Giovanni Tamil said of the event: "Our youth have faith that as these small plants grow and blossom, soon will our motherland Tamil Eelam bloom. We youth have vowed to strive tirelessly until our Maveerar's dreams become reality - until our nation breathes the air of freedom."

London Tamil students mark Maaveerar Naal

Tamil students from universities across London commemorated “Youth Maaveerar Naal” on Friday evening, honouring those that gave their lives for the freedom of Tamil Eelam. Organised and held in Guy’s Campus in King’s College London, more than 70 students gathered to pay their respects to their fallen heroes. The event began with the lighting of the traditional lamp by representatives from different universities and the raising of the British and Tamil Eelam National Flags. This was followed by the lighting of the candles by the audience and observance of a moment of silence and to honour...