Vigils and memorials to the tens of thousands massacred by the Sri Lankan state at Mullivaikkal have taken place across the Tamil homeland, despite an onslaught by the Sri Lankan state in recent days to prevent commemorations.
Although the Sri Lankan army locked down several areas of Mullaitivu in order to prevent access to Mullivaikkal and the sites of the massacres, flames were lit on the beach and at the Nandikadal lagoon.
Dozens of army soldiers and police officers were deployed to the locality of the University of Jaffna campus last night to prevent any gatherings. However some students bypassed the surveillance to light a flame at the recently-built Mullivaikkal monument on campus. The incident sparked two arrests.
The TMTK MP C. V. Wigneswaran led a private vigil at the party office in Jaffna.
A group of lawmakers from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) marked Tamil Genocide Day at the Sri Lankan parliament complex in Kotte this morning, before a parliamentary session was due to take place.