For Sinhalese – Annual public meeting to Remember comrades killed by Army
On 5 April 2014, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held their annual April Heroes’ Day in Badulla to commemorate the fallen comrades of the 1971 revolt. While many JVP and breakaway Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) members held several public events, the ‘true’ participants of the 1971 rebellion gathered at the Kurunegala Town Hall, under the ’71 Solidarity Forum to remember their comrades, who lost their lives during the rebellion.
Every year For the past 43 years they annually commemorate the death about 5,000 heroes killed in the 1971 April uprising, without building monuments in memory of them. They sacrificed their lives for a dream of a socialist society, bringing the first experience of an armed struggle against the establishment after Independence.
Since the abortive 1971 rebellion and perhaps even before that, some JVP members left the party due to ideological deferences. Some others were sacked from the party after being branded as traitors…………... READ ALL
For Tamils – NO Tamil Public events to be allowed to remember the 40,000 Tamil Civilians killed by Army in May 2009.
Sri Lanka’s military spokesman today said that religious services to commemorate loved ones who were killed (including the 40,000 Tamil Civilians killed by Government Army) in the conflict between government troops and the LTTE terrorist organization will be allowed, however the conducting of any “public event” is prohibited.
Sri Lanka has banned public commemorations of Tamil Tiger rebels and more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians killed by Sri Lanka Army in May 2009 ahead of the fifth anniversary fales in May 2014.
Meanwhile, the Military is planning to celebrate the killing of more than 40,000n Tamil Civilians by the Army by holding a parade on May 18 in Matara.
Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said public events to commemorate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres killed in the final battle of the decades-long separatist war were barred as the organisation remained outlawed. “Individuals may have religious services to commemorate their loved ones killed in the fighting, but there cannot be any public events,” Wanigasooriya was quoted as saying by AFP.
“Display of LTTE flags or insignia will also not be allowed,” he added.
Government forces killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flags after UN negotiated the surrender and killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians on May 18, 2009 and declared an end to 37 years of armed conflict, which the UN estimates claimed at least 100,000 lives.
The government has banned other Tamil commemorations of the war in the past, including events to mark the LTTE war dead last November.
Meanwhile, the military is planning a parade on May 18 in Matara to commemorate the victory over the rebels and killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians, Wanigasooriya said.