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Heavy police presence as Sinhalese attempt to disturb Mullivaikkal commemoration in Colombo

Dozens of Sri Lankan police officers were deployed and one man was carried away by officers as several Sinhalese individuals attempted to disrupt a Mullivaikkal commemoration in Wellawatta, Colombo on Saturday morning, May 18. 

“Why are you allowing them to celebrate the LTTE,” shouted one man, as he was being carried away by police officers. He was trying to pass on to the site where several individuals had gathered to mark 15 years since the massacres at Mullivaikkal.

Several others also attempted to disrupt the commemoration and were reportedly turned away by Sri Lankan police.

(Image courtesy: Tracy Holsinger) 

The event saw several activists including Sandya Ekneligoda, wife of forcibly disappeared journalist and human rights activist Prageeth Ekneligoda, father Lionel, demand justice for the forcibly disappeared and the thousands who died during the armed conflict at the hands of Sri Lankan security forces. 

Wellawatta is a suburb of Colombo with a significant Tamil population and a high presence of Tamil homes and businesses.

Tamils have repeatedly called the events at Mullivaikkal a genocide, a term that is being increasingly recognised when it comes to Sri Lanka's abuse of the Tamil people. Canada's parliament has recognised May 18 as Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day.

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