A few Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) yesterday announced that the period May 13 to 19 would be marked as Tamil Genocide Week and began commemorating the dead with a function in Mullavaikkal in Mullaitivu District where the final battle was fought in 2009, a party member said.
The Sri Lankan military 99% of Sinhala community defeated the (all are from Tamil community) LTTE on May 19 killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 alone. The Sri Lankan Army is accused of killing more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with ‘White Flag’ after UN negotiated the surrender.
May 19th is marked and celebrated as Victory Day in the south by the Sri Lankan Forces mostly Sinhalese with the approval of the Mahinda government for killing 40,000 Tamil civilians and members of LTTE.
TNA NPC member M.K. Sivajilingam said that he regarded this period as the genocide week. Northern Provincial Council member M. K. Sivajilingam speaking at the event said that the Tamil people have made arrangements to commemorate their relatives who died in the war, during the period from 12 to 18 May.
“We lit lamps and offered floral tributes at a small function in Mullavaikkal in Mullaitivu District. This week we will have commemorations throughout the north. We requested the party hierarchy to hold the main function on May 19,” he said.
He said he was backed by a few other members of the TNA in this exercise. He also said that he and the rest of the group have the right to commemorate their relatives who died in the war.
In an inquiry made from Northern Provincial Council member Anton Jeganathan regarding this commemorative function, he said that a function in memory of relatives who died in the war with the lighting of lamps was held in the area where the Fara 03 ship was located in Vellamullivaikkal.
Residents of Mullaitivu said that the commemoration function was held on the beach close to where the Fara 03 ship was anchored.
A group of persons including members of the Northern Provincial Council T. Ravikaran, Antony Jeganathan and former member of the Northern Provincial Council Mary Kamala Gunaseelan, Pradeshiya Sabha representatives of Jaffna, Valikamam and Velvettiturai had conducted the LTTE commemorative function, according to Mullaitivu residents.
It is learnt that the TNA, as a party, has not organised any such commemoration. Yet its members will hold separate events to commemorate those in the north for more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians killed by the Sri Lankan forces in May 2009 in Mullivaikkal. The TNA Leaders say that it is their right to remember the civilians who died during the war that ended on May 19, 2009.
A TNA member said that celebrating the killing of 40,000 Tamil civilians in North by the Sri Lankan government and its Leaders in Colombo shows the real RACIST mentality of the Sinhala leaders in the south. Can any government celebrate the killing of 40,000 CIVILIANS of its country? If not are there TWO Countries in Sri Lanka?
Why are the Tamils NOT allowed to remember their mothers and sisters killed in May 2009?