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May 2009 massacre commemorated at Mullivaikkal despite ban by Sri Lankan authorities

NPC Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran lights lamp of remembrance at Mullivaikkal. Photograph Tamil Guardian

A remembrance event marking the six anniversary of the killing of tens of thousands of Tamils at the end of the armed conflict took place at the epicentre of the massacre, Mullivaikal, despite a ban issued by Sri Lankan authorities prohibiting public rallies.

Photograph Mayurapriyan

Many who travelled to the event had their vehicles stopped by Sri Lankan police officers and were questioned regarding their movements.

Photograph Shalin

Photograph Mayurapriyan


Members of the Northern Provincial Council, including the chief minister C V Wigneswaran, TNA MPs Suresh Premachandran and Mavai Senathirajah, families of those who perished and local residents attended the event.

See the chief minister's statement below:

International community needed to secure justice and political solution for Tamils - CV Wigneswaran

 

Photographs by Uthayarasashalin:
 
 
 
Photographs by Mayurapriyan:

See full coverage of May 2009 remembrance events worldwide here.

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