German Tamils remember Mullivaikal in Düsseldorf

Hundreds of German Tamils marched in the capital of North-Rhine-Westphalia state to commemorate the Mullivaikal massacre. The march ended outside the local parliament building in the city and saw several speakers. The sister of the late Brigadier Theeban lit the sacrifial flame ahead of the event. Ninthuja Kanageswaran, from the Volksrat der Eela Tamilen (National Council of Eelam Tamils), adressed the event along with former Batticaloa MP Mr Jeyanandamoorthy, Frank Kemper of Die Linke, a left wing opposition party in Germany and Dr Andrew Higginbottom, a lecturer in political science at...

Canadian youth look to the future as they remember

In remembrance of the tens of thousands of Tamil lives lost in the struggle for rights, peace and justice, members of the Tamil Youth Organization - Canada (TYO-Canada) in partnership with Evergreen Brick Works and Ontario Member of Provisional Parliament (MPP) Glen Murray's office, planted trees in their memory, on 12th May. Marking the horrors of genocide through a positive effort, youth activists planted trees, shrubs and wildflowers, and removed invasive species, in an attempt, to preserve the environment and create a more greener and sustainable Canada. Glen Murray, Ontario Member of...

Sivaram remembered by journalists and activists in London

Photograph TamilNet Bearne Arnestad, director of 'Silent Voices'. Photograph TamilNet Bashana Abeywardane, exiled journalist. Photograph TamilNet Nirmanusan Balasundaram, exiled journalist. Vino Kanapathipillai, Tamil Guardian Karthick R.M, research student. Photograph TamilNet Sasithar Maheswaran, youth activist. Photograph TamilNet Gobi Ratnam, Oru Paper S.J. Fatimaharan, political commentator The life of 'Taraki' Sivaram Dharmeratnam, assassinated in 2005, was commemorated by journalists and activists in London on 6th May. The event, organised by TamilNet, Journalists for Democracy in Sri...

Italian Tamil youth celebrate diversity

Italian Tamil youth joined other young Italians in celebration of the diversity and multi-culturalism that surrounds them, at Castelnovo Sotto on 6th May 2012. They were joined by communities from India, Ghana, Albania, Russia, Madagascar and the Arab Maghreb Union. Sharing traditional culinary favourites, members of a Tamil youth organisation - Giovanni Tamil, also shared their memories and thoughts of the struggle faced by their nation in the North-East of the island of Sri Lanka. Saddened and shocked by the events of Mullivaikal, the guests joined members of Giovanni Tamil in wearing black...

Canadian Tamil youth hold Ilanthalir 2012

Photographs TYO-Canada Canadian Tamil youth showcased their artistic talent at Ilanthalir 2012, in Toronto on 27th April. The event, Ilanthalir, meaning “young sprouts”, was hosted by TYO-Canada, and organised entirely by youth. It portrayed Tamil Eelam’s past, present and hopes for the future through a number of exhilarating performances that also illustrated the Tamil nation’s aspirations and key convictions of nation, homeland and self-determination. Starting with a live rendition of the national flag raising song of Tamil Eelam, the show comprised of ten scenes, which captured the...

‘Legacy League’ celebrates another successful season

With the end of another British university year rapidly approaching, the Tamil society sports league once again came to another exciting climax. After a hugely passionate season, with teams from universities across London battling it out on the football pitches and netball courts, only one team from each sport could claim the top prize at an elegant awards ceremony. Once again held at the stylish Tuli restaurant, in the heart of London Bridge, the night featured an extravagant 3-course buffet, with guests dressed in stylish formal attire. After a warm welcome from the hosts of the league,...

Youth Competing with Robotics

The Education and Career Development Council of the Canadian Tamil Youth Association (CTYA) held its first Annual Robotics Competition on April 22 on Arivakam’s Kids Day in Markham Fairgrounds. As a youth-assisting-youth project, engineering university graduates held workshops on a weekly basis for students in grades 4-8 to help them recognise and develop their skills in preparation for the competition. Students with a strong interest and passion for robotics and engineering participated in the workshops. Arjun and Praveen, Grade 5 and 7 students, programmed their way to the finish line first...

Italian Tamils commemorate Liberation Day

Members of the Italian Tamil Youth Organisation, “Giovani Tamil”, came together in Reggio Emilia on the 25th of April to commemorate Italy’s Liberation Day or “Festa della Liberazione”. Held annually, events across the country marked the day, when in 1945 the insurgent Italian resistance movement, backed by Allied forces, liberated the country from the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini and beat back the Nazi army. The event in Reggio Emilia was held in the town of Gattatico, particularly significant for the seven Cervi brothers who lived there. The seven brothers were killed by Fascist forces...

Annai Poopathy remembered

Tamils around the world remembered the fast unto death of Annai Poopathy in 1988, in protest against the atrocities of the Indian Peace Keeping Force.

UK activists discuss strategies of resistance against oppression

Activists from the Baloch, Basque, Kurdish, Sindhi and Tamil communities in the UK came together at an event co-hosted by respective diaspora organisations and the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), to examine the detrimental effects of state repression and anti-terror legislation on their community, and discuss ways of resisting it.

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