A flame was lit at Nandikadal lagoon today to mark the beginning of Mullivaikkal remembrance week.
Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) activist Peter IIlancheliyan lit the flame and sprinkled flowers at the lagoon, where thousands of Tamils were subjected to heavy Sri Lankan military bombardment.
May 18, also known as 'Tamil Genocide Day' will mark 13 years since genocidal military offensive which saw the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils, in the weeks leading up to May 18, 2009.
Citing the island-wide state of emergency, Sri Lankan police have threatened to shoot those gathering in Mullaitivu to commemorate those who were slaughtered during the final phase of the armed conflict.
Earlier today, over 25 police investigators watched over and photographed the Tamil families of the disappeared as they boiled and served kanji as a tribute to the those trapped in the 'No Fire Zones' without food.