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158 disappeared & massacred Tamils remembered at Eastern Uni 28 years on

The enforced disappearance and massacre of 158 Tamils from the Eastern University in Batticaloa in 1990 was remembered today, 28 years on. 

On September  5, 1990 Sri Lankan soldiers surrounded the Vantharumoolai campus of Eastern University, rounding-up and arresting 158 Tamils that were sheltering there.

Those 158 were never seen again. Although locals believe they were likely to have been massacred, not even one body has been found.

Two weeks following this round-up, a further 16 were arrested and forcibly disappeared. The fates of those 16 are similarly unknown.

Holding photographs of missing loved ones and placards residents and students called for accountability and justice during a remembrance event held at the University. 

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