Commemorating Mullivaikkal Day 2009 Tamil Diaspora poised for massive demos

by Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

Almost the entire Tamil Diaspora in France, US, Canada, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Australia, UK and elsewhere will take to the streets globally tomorrow (May 18) to commemorate Mullivaikkal Day or the last phase of the war that ended on May 18, 2009, the day LTTE supremo Prabhakaran was killed.

Despite Sri Lanka opting for a conciliatory re-naming of “Victory Day” as ‘Remembrance day’ on May 19 in a bid to encourage the reconciliation process that the government is working on, and to recall the sacrifices of all those who had fought to maintain the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka irrespective of their ethnicity, the Tamil Diaspora says that May 18th is a day on which tens of thousands of Tamils killed at Mullivaikkal in 2009 must be remembered.

maaveerar_visuvamadu_dest_06During Rajapaksa’s Government, 19 May was celebrated as ‘Victory Day ‘commemorating the death of the government soldiers who were engaged in wiping out the LTTE.

Diaspora sources say the protest march is to ‘jolt’ the collective conscience of the international community, which failed the Tamils in 2009, and has still not delivered justice to the Tamils to this day. Ceylon Today learns that the TGTE, International Council of Eelam Tamils, British Tamil Forum and several other Tamil organizations in the EU and elsewhere have organized these protest demonstrations.

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