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Tamils thwarted by Sri Lankan police from commemorating Annai Poopathy



Sri Lankan police obstructed Tamils in Batticaloa from lighting a lamp to mark the 34th death anniversary of Annai Poopathy, who fasted unto death in protest against the atrocities committed by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). 

This is the latest in a series of attempts to block memorial events for Annai Poopathy. Earlier in the day, Sri Lankan police banned Annai Poopathy's daughter, Ms Lokeshwaran Santhi, from visiting her resting place and was forced to hold a private commemoration in her home instead. 

Sri Lanka has continuously repressed Tamil memorialisation activities in the North-East either by enforcing legal restrictions or by harassment and intimidation by the state's security forces. 

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