Tamils across Eelam and around the world marked Maaveerar Naal this year, remembering all those that gave their lives to the Tamil liberation struggle.
Across the North-East, Tamils gathered at destroyed LTTE cemeteries and other sites of tribute across the homeland, despite intimidation and harassment from Sri Lankan security forces. In both Mannar and Vavuniya, preparations were destroyed by unknown groups, suspected to be linked to the Sri Lankan security forces.
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Commemorations were held across Mullaitivu, the district with the highest number of thuyilum illams in the Tamil homeland.
Students at the Eastern University commemorated Maaveerar Naal at the university's Vantharumoolai campus in Batticaloa.
At Jaffna University, hundreds of students broke through the locked gates and laid flowers before a memorial, defying a ban announced by authorities yesterday.
Commemorations began in Jaffna this morning with locals gathering in front of a destroyed monument to Lt Col Thileepan in Nallur, to pay tribute to those that died in the Tamil liberation struggle.
Tamil school students at Jaffna Hindu College marked Maaveerar Naal this morning by lighting candles and planting trees in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Tamil liberation struggle.
The head of the the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) and other senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) politicians commemorated Maaveerar Naal at their Jaffna office earlier today, as they paid tribute to fallen liberation fighters.
Maaveerar Naal was observed by thousands of Tamils across Europe, where they gathered in various cities to pay tribute to the fallen.
Thousands of Tamil from across Tamil Nadu held Maaveerar Naal commemorations yesterday in solidarity with Eelam Tamils.
Across North America, Tamils stood in solidarity with those in the homeland to remember the sacrifice made and lives lost during the Tamil liberation struggle.
Thousands of British Tamils gathered in London, Oxford and Glasgow to mark Maaveerar Naal.
British Tamil university students commemorated the Tamil fighters that fought and lost their lives in the liberation struggle, this Wednesday across the country.
British Tamil businesses began preparing to commemorate Maaveerar Naal by flying Tamil Eelam flags at stores across the UK.
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Preparations had begun several weeks beforehand, with locals clearing cemeteries that had been destroyed by Sri Lankan security forces. Despite ongoing harassment, including the destruction of preparations this week, Tamils defied the military intimidation and joined events across the North-East.
Amongst the preparations were the erection of stones inscribed with the names of 25,000 Tamil liberation fighters.
Stones bearing names of 25,000 Maaveerar erected in Jaffna
Front pages of Tamil newspapers across the North-East marked Maaveerar Naal on Wednesday morning.