Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Jaffna University commemorates Thileepan amidst military intimidation

Students at Jaffna University took a knee to commemorate the death of Lt Col Thileepan this morning, despite intimidation from the Sri Lankan security forces a day earlier.

Dozens of students gathered at a memorial at the Jaffna University campus, where they took to their knees and bowed their heads to pay respect to Thileepan’s sacrifice.

The LTTE political leader fasted to death in 1987, in an eleven-day hunger strike appealing to the Indian government to heed Tamil demands. 

The act of commemoration comes just a day after armed Sri Lankan soldiers were deployed to the university on Friday afternoon.

The Sri Lankan security forces suddenly gathered at the campus yesterday and confronted a group of students who were casually gathered by the gates, claiming that they were attempting to commemorate Thileepan.

Elsewhere across the North-East, symbolic hunger strikes have taken place, as the Sri Lankan security forces has continued to intimidate and threaten Tamils who attempt to commemorate their war dead. 

Sri Lankan courts had banned Tamils from marking Thileepan’s sacrifice, and even attempted to ban the planned hunger strike, as the state continues to crack down on the Tamil nation. 

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.