Senior Tamil journalist P.A. Antony Mark passed away at the age of 78 due to ill health in a Mullaitivu hospital on Tuesday.
Mark had been involved in a number of activities throughout his long career and in particular, he made significant contributions to the movement for justice for the families of the forcibly disappeared Tamils and for the release of political prisoners. He had also been at the forefront of protests and collective action that demanded justice for the Tamil community.
On Thursday his body was created in Vavuniya and his ashes were spread in the Mannar public cemetery.
Originally from Mannar, he was receiving treatment in the Mullaitivu hospital for his illness before he succumbed to it. He had also tested positive for COVID-19.
Following his cremation in Vavuniya, the ashes were handed over to his family who spread them in their native Mannar.
During this event, many political notables and civil society leaders including Mannar Divisional Secretariat, Stanley De Mel paid their respects to the deceased journalist.