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Sri Lankan minister threatens legal action over Maaveerar Naal commemorations

Sri Lanka's minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka on Monday called on the government to take legal action against Tamils commemorating fallen LTTE cadres on Tamil National Remembrance Day  (Maaveerar Naal). 

"Anyone commemorating the LTTE must be held responsible for the assassinations committed by the LTTE during the war," Mr Champika was quoted by the Colombo Gazette as saying. 

His comments come as tens of thousands of Tamils across the North-East gathered at Thuyilum Illams and memorial sites to honour Maaveerar. 

"No one can compare the LTTE to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and say if the JVP can commemorate their heroes then LTTE supporters can commemorate the LTTE."

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