Preparations were completed at Mullivaikkal memorial yard today ahead of Tamil Genocide Day which falls on May 18.
Aruthpani Leo Adikalalar, one of the co-chairs of the North-East Mullivaikal Memorial Foundation, said that all the preparations for the Tamil Genocide commemoration at Mullivaikal yard have been completed and everyone is invited to gather there tomorrow.
This year marks 14 years since the end of the armed conflict which saw the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils who were trapped in the so-called No Fire Zones.
The total number of Tamil civilians killed during the final months is widely contested. After providing an initial death toll of 40,000, the UN found evidence suggesting that 70,000 were killed. Local census records indicate that at least 146,679 people are unaccounted for and presumed to have been killed during the Sri Lankan military offensive.
The Tamil National People's Front's (TNPF) memorial float also reached the Mullivaikkal yard this evening after travelling through Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Mannar, Jaffna and Kilinochchi.
Read more on the massacre here.
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