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Tamil nation remembers Mullivaikal massacre 5 years on, amidst military ban

Updated 27 May 2014 13:07  BST

Students at University of Jaffna commemorate Mullivaikkal massacre 5 years on, amidst death threats and military ban. Photograph @Uthayarasashali

In commemorative events across the North-East and the world, the Tamil nation marked 5 years since the massacre of 
tens of thousands at the end of the armed conflict on May 18th 2009.

Remembrance events took place in the North-East in amidst a military ban and overwhelming military presence across the Tamil areas.

Tamil media and political parties were targeted on the morning of May 18, as heavily armed troops surrounded the offices of Uthayan, Thinakkural newspapers, the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

Attempts by mourners to say prayers for the dead within temples were also stopped, as armed troops surrounded Nallur and Keerimalai temples, blocking off access to Tamils.

Earlier in the week the military banned all temple events and public gatherings to commemorate the dead, stating that no bells should toll on May 17 and 18.

The University of Jaffna was ordered shut earlier this month, prompting widespread condemnation from students and staff. Attempts by students to donate blood as an act of remembrance were also stopped, as troops blocked access to the blood donation centre at Jaffna Teaching Hospital.

Defying the military however, Tamils in the North-East mourned their loss in private events of mourning, alongside thousands in the diaspora set to attend events in capital cities worldwide.

Eastern Provincial Council members commemorate May massacre
(27 May 2014)
  Northern Provincial Council remembers Mullivaikal massacre 5 years on (22 May 2014)
Jaffna University commemorates Mullivaikal amidst death threats (21 May 2014)
  May 2009 killings remembered in Mannar (20 May 2014)
  Mullivaikal massacre remembered in Jaffna despite military presence (19 May 2014)
  Tamils in Vavuniya mark May 18 amidst military ban (19 May 2014)
    Mullivaikal remembered in Kilinochchi amidst military surveillance (18 May 2014)
  Mullivaikal massacres remembered in Batticaloa (18 May 2014)
   TNPF defy military to remember Mullivaikal genocide (18 May 2014)
   TNA Shivajilingham, Sritharan mark May 18 at Nallur, defying military ban (18 May 2014)
  Remembrance event held in Mullivaikal amidst military harassment (17 May 2014)
   Police disrupts Mullivaikal memorial event at NPC office (16 May 2014)
  Tamils gather in London to remember massacre of May 2009 (18 May 2014)
  Canadian Tamils remember May 2009 (20 May 2014)
  Canadian Tamils commemorate Mullivaikkal in parliament (18 May 2014)
  May 2009 genocide remembered in the Netherlands (20 May 2014)
  'Tamil Genocide Day' marked in Switzerland (19 May 2014)
  Mullivaikal remembered in Stockholm (19 May 2014)
  Italian Tamils raise awareness of May 2009 genocide 5 years on (19 May 2014)
  Danish Tamils remember 5 years since Mullivaikkal (18 May 2014)

  Mullivaikal remembered by German Tamils in Düsseldorf (19 May 2014)
New Zealand    
  Tamils in New Zealand remember Mullivaikal genocide 5 years on (20 May 2014)
Tamil Nadu, India
  Hundreds remember Mullivaikal massacre in events across Tamil Nadu (19 May 2014)

Related articles:
Death threats issued to journalists and Jaffna uni staff, students over May 18 remembrance (20 May 2014)
Sri Lankan military restricts access to Keerimalai (18 May 2014) 
Nallur temple surrounded by troops (18 May 2014)
Troops besiege Uthayan office in Jaffna (18 May 2014)
Troops outside Thinakkural newspaper office in Jaffna (18 May 2014)
TNPF office blocked off by army (18 May 2014)
Access to TNA office blocked by army (18 May 2014)
Jaffna blood donation centre blocked off by army (18 May 2014)
Man arrested by Army for possession of Mullivaikkal remembrance flyer (17 May 2014)
Army bans temple events and public gatherings in Jaffna, Kili and Mullaitivu (17 May 2014)
Police disrupts Mullivaikal memorial event at NPC office (16 May 2014)
TNPF: 'We have the right to remember our people' (16 May 2014)
Ban on May 18 remembrance a gross violation of human rights says TNA Suresh Premachandran (14 May 2014)
Jaffna University academics condemn closure (14 May 2014)

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