A Black Tigers Day commemoration event was held in Sydney, Australia yesterday.
In previous years, the Australian government has banned the commemoration of Black Tigers Day, but this year through the organisation of the ‘Children of the Leader’ organisation team the event was held at the Yaarl Hall in Pendle Hill, New South Wales, Australia and seen as an event of uprising.
The Black Tigers wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Karumpulikal, are remembered by placing a lamp in front of their photos. The photos of 346 Black Tigers were displayed and the event ceremony was initiated by ex-LTTE cadre, Salkillai and his brother and ex-Sea Tigers training teacher, Vetharasa Dinesh, who both lit up the memorial flame.
The Australian Aboriginal flag, the Australian flag and the Tamil Eelam national flag, were hoisted by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Australian representative and member, Perinbarasa Mukunthan, New South Wales MP, Hugh McDermott and Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Australian representative and member Kalirasa Naventhira, respectively.
McDermott addressed the Tamil attendees at the event;
“As you know I was attacked by the Sri Lankan government for supporting Tamils. I want to thank the Tamil community for rallying behind me. Not only here in Australia but all throughout the world. This fight is just the beginning. We will have recognition of the genocide and the systematic discrimination of Tamils. This fight has a long way to go, the current government is full of war criminals. I stand with you. May god bless everybody who gave a sacrifice that are not here today.”
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The first Black Tiger that died, Captain Miller (also known as Vallipuram Vasanthan); Black Tiger Major Arivukumaran’s brother Aingaran and the first woman Black Tiger to die and Black Sea Tiger Captain Angayarkanni’s photos were lit up by Captain Yogan’s friend and ‘Children of the Leader’ member Kala, with the rest of the attendees helping in lighting up the rest of the photos of the Black Tigers, simultaenously.
‘Mullai Osai’ team coordinator, Selvarasa Dhanusaan, started the flower tributes to the Black Tigers and the rest of the attendees followed by giving flower tributes to the Black Tigers.
Black Tigers Day commemoration events were held across the world in countries like New Zealand, France and Germany by the Tamil diaspora yesterday.