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May Day marked across Tamil homeland with calls for justice and demilitarisation

May Day rallies were held across the Tamil homeland yesterday, with calls for the abolition of Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), demilitarisation of the North-East, the release of Tamil political prisoners and an international justice and accountability mechanism.

Rallies were held in Mannar, Batticaloa and Kilinochchi amongst other towns across the North-East. Both major Tamil political parties, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) held events, with both flying red and yellow banners and streamers – traditional Tamil national colours.

See photographs from the events below.

TNA in Kilinochchi


TNPF in Batticaloa


TNA in Batticaloa



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