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Tamils in Mannar urge international community to investigate war crimes in Sri Lanka

Photographs Uthayan

Residents in Mannar launched a silent protest on Monday calling on the international community to investigate war crimes in Sri Lanka, whilst also highlighting a number of pressing concerns: calling for political prisoners to be released, for the missing to be returned and for the military occupation of the Tamil homeland to end.

Wearing pieces of black cloth across their mouths, women and men marched through Mannar holding photographs of missing loved ones, and carrying banners and placards with a number of demands relating to key issues.

"International community, investigate war crime," read some banners, whilst others questioned the military occupation: "Why the heavy military presence in the North?".

"We want our children back", "Speed up the investigation into enforced disappearances" and "Where are our children?" read banners carried by mothers.

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