A group of university students marked Black Tigers Day at Jaffna University this morning, as they paid tribute to the fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in secret.
Flowers were laid and lamps were lit below a portrait of a Black Tiger fighter.
The Black Tigers were an elite commando unit of the LTTE responsible for some of the most successful attacks on the Sri Lankan military.
July 5 marks the sacrifice made by the first Black Tiger, Captain Miller, or Vallipuram Vasanthan, 35 years ago. Eelam Tamils mark the day, also known as “Karumpuli Naal” in Tamil, across the world.
In recent years however the event has been marked by university students in secret, given the pervasive Sri Lankan military occupation of the Tamil homeland.