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Tamil nation marks Maaveerar Naal 2022

Thousands of Tamils gathered across the Tamil homeland to mark Maaveerar Naal - or Great Heroes Day - and remember those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle for liberation. 

Maaveerar Naal is marked on November 27 in memory of the first death of a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadre (LTTE), Lt. Shankar who died in combat on November 27, 1982. 


Drone footage shows thousands of Tamils  gathered at Kanagapuram Thuyilum Illam in Kilinochchi at 18:05, the exact time the first Maaveerar, Lt Shankar, died. 



Kanagapuram, a short distance from Kilinochchi town was one of the largest Thuyilum Illams built and maintained by the LTTE in the North-East.


Remembrance events took place across Jaffna district to pay tribute to fallen Tamil fighters.

Residents of Neduntheevu faced threats and intimidation from Sri Lankan security forces while holding commemorations. 


Tamils gathered defiantly at Thuylim Illams across Mullaitivu despite Sri Lankan police intimidation and surveillance on and in the lead up to the day of remembrance. 

Earlier today, Sri Lankan police threatened to shoot Tamils who were making preparations in the district and the tore down red and yellow flags that were hoisted for Maaveerar Naal. 


Maaveerar Naal was marked at Eechankulam, the only Thuyilum Illam built by the LTTE in the Vavuniya district.  




Sri Lankan police stormed a commemoration event organised by the Tamil families of the disppeared and confiscated the centre piece Maaveerar portrait. 




A series of events took place across Batticaloa


Tamils gathered in Sampur, Trincomalee and laid flowers for their fallen loved ones. 


Hundreds of Eelam Tamils gathered in Kanchikkudiyaru, Amparai, to commemorate the day. 

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Maaveerar Naal commemorations were held across Mannar as thousands gathered at the district's Thuyilum Illams.


Thousands of British Tamils gathered at the London ExCel on Maaveerar Naal to pay their respects to fallen cadres. 

Last week, British Tamil activists organised for a boat to carry a memorial message to mark Maaveerar Naal. The boat passed Westminster and carried with it the Tamil Eelam flag, a karthigaopoo and the message "we remember".


French Tamils mark Maaveerar Naal.



Swiss Tamils mark Maaveerar Naal.



Italian Tamils commemorate Maaveerar Naal



Canadian Tamils commemorate Maaveerar Naal 


Hundreds of Tamils commemorate Maaveerar Naal in New York.


Australian Tamils commemorate Maaveerar Naal.

New Zealand 

Tamils in New Zealand commemorate Maaveerar Naal.


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