Plain clothed Sri Lankan military officers watched over Tamils marking the first day of Maaveerar remembrance week at Chatty Thuyilum Illam yesterday.
Despite their presence, families of fallen Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres and activists continued to pay their respects at a makeshift monument made out of the destroyed gravestones.
A flame was lit by Mrs. Irasarethnam, the mother of the 3 female cadres and flowers were laid before they continued to decorate the area for Maaveerar Naal commemorations.
Thuyilum Illams - resting homes- were constructed across the North-East by the LTTE to house the bodies of Tamil fighters who had lost their lives in the liberation struggle. Following the end of the armed conflict, the Sri Lankan state destroyed all of the cemeteries and in some areas, built army camps over them.
Although the Sri Lankan state attempt to block Tamil memorialisation events, Tamils across the homeland continue to gather at Thuyilum Illams to remember all the fighters that have fallen.
We need your support
Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.
Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view
We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.
For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.