Germany's Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) and the People's Council of Eelam Tamils (VETD) joined Tamils in the homeland and the diaspora to commemorate the 39th anniversary of Black July this week.
TYO Germany's coordinator Ancana Pakeerathan lit a fire to commemorate the thousands of Tamils that were murdered, displaced, raped, burnt alive and impacted during Black July.
During Black July, Sinhala mobs armed with electoral rolls, targeted Tamil homes and businesses, looting and ransacking property. Driven from their homes, particularly in Colombo, over 3000 Tamils were massacred, whilst thousands more were effectively deported by the state to the North-East.
The organisers distributed leaflets to participants and spoke about the atrocities committed during the state-sponsored anti-Tamil pogroms across the island.
To date, no one has been held accountable for the massacre.