28 January 2019
Crowds at Valvettithurai beach cheered as kites bearing motifs of the Tamil armed struggle took to the skies for the annual Thai Pongal kite festival on January 14.
Entries included a military tank which bore red and yellow flags, the colours of Tamil Eelam, a hybrid tank decorated with what appeared to be tiger stripes, and a boat named ‘Angayarkanni’ - a possible tribute to the LTTE’s first female Black Tiger.
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