Tamils in Iranaipalai and Alampil, Mullaitivu, have begun to clear the Maaveerar thuyilum illams (LTTE martyr resting places) ahead of Maaveerar Naal amidst a climate police and military intimidation.
Tamil Guardian’s journalists have detailed incidents of the Sri Lankan army photographing and videoing individuals who participated in the clearing of the thuyilum illams. Mullaitivu police has also summoned former North Provincial Assembly member, Durairasa Ravikaran, and leader of the Mullaitivu Association of the Relations of the Enforced Disappearances, Mariyasuresh Eswari, for questioning. In response, Tamils are planning a protest for this interrogation and for the police visiting their houses without proper notice.
Maaveerar Naal, or Great Heroes Day which falls on November 27, is a day observed in remembrance of the war heroes who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle for freedom.