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Tamils in Italy raise awareness in remembrance of Mullivaikal


Photographs: A remembrance event held in Reggio Emilia.

Remembrance events were held in Italy earlier this week, to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Mullivaiakal massacre which claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives in 2009.

In the city of Reggio Emilia, the Council of Eelam Tamil Italy (CETI) and Giovani Tamil organised an event to commemorate the genocide in the city square. Placing 40 bricks in the square, to represent the estimated 40,000 civilians massacred in the final stages of the armed conflict, the event drew a large crowd. Flyers were handed out by the organisation members, who also gave interviews to journalists, explaining the ongoing genocide that’s occurring in the Tamil homeland.

Members of Giovani Tamil also created a video to help raise awareness of the ongoing genocide and the massive civilian casualties in the final stages of the armed conflict (See below).

Another event was organised in the city of Trivero, where the Tamil community engaged in volunteer work in remembrance of those killed. An observance was also held, accompanied by speeches from the community members. At the end of the event, the national flag of Tamil Eelam was handed over to the vice mayor of Trivero.

Earlier this month the Trivero City Council approved the publishing of a document which will recognise and condemn the genocide of the Tamils by Sri Lanka, and will be released in the coming weeks. The document is expected to be forwarded onto Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Photograph: Remembrance event and exhbition attracts a crowd in Reggio Emilia.

Photographs: A remembance event held in Trivero, where members of the Tamil community engaged in volunteering in the local community.

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