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Sivakumaran memorial football tournament held in Switzerland

The Tamil Youth Organisaiton (TYO) Switzerland held a football tournament in memory of Ponnuthurai Sivakumaran last month.

Ponnuthurai Sivakumaran is widely known and remembered as the first Tamil to die in the liberation struggle.

Sivakumaran was a student leader and Tamil activist that was subject to severe torture in Sri Lanka during the early 1970’s. Following his first arrest and round of torture, Sivakumaran pledged to take his own life if arrested again.

On June the 5th 1974 Sivakumaran was surrounded by police, and fearing renewed torture, swallowed a cyanide capsule taking his own life at the age of 24.

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