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Blood donation remembers 9th day of Thileepan's hunger strike

A blood donation drive was organised in Jaffna on Sunday to remember the 9th day of Lt Col Thileepan's fast unto death in 1987. 

The event, organised by the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) saw a residents, party supporters and members come forward to give blood in memory of the sacrifice made by Thileepan. 

Last Saturday, Tamils across the North-East held events marking the 31 years since Thileepan commenced his fast unto death, demanding that the Indian government upheld its promises to the Tamil people. 

Over 100,000 people gathered at the Nallur temple in Jaffna on September 15, 1987 to hear his words as he began the hunger strike.