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Police intimidation at Batticaloa May 18 remembrance event

May 18 commemorations in Vakarai

(Photographs Tamil Guardian)

Several police officers were stationed at a May 18 memorial event in Vakarai, Batticaloa, where Tamils had gathered to remember those that died in the armed conflict, which ended 6 years ago today.

Tamil National People's Front General Secretary Kajendran Selvarajah, who was at the event said the police acted in a highly intimidating manner.

"The people who attended today wanted to mourn those that died. However due to the presence of the police, who acted in a very intimidating way, our people were not able to show their emotions freely," he told the Tamil Guardian.

Mr Selvarajah said the police officers collected personal details of those who attended the event, causing further distress.

See full coverage of May 2009 remembrance events worldwide here.

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